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High Plains District
Release Date: 11/13/09
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins,    

Smithsonian Scholars To Speak At National Historic Trails Interpretive Center

Four Smithsonian scholars will visit the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) to bring to life important aspects of North American Plains Indian heritage for the public.

On Saturday, Nov. 21 the NHTIC will host a free family day of presentations by the four scholars on the following schedule:

9:30 a.m.

Dr. Herman J. Viola: "On the Plains: Daily Life, Art and Culture"

10:30 a.m.

Greg Rodgers: "As We Tell Our Stories: Myths and Lore of the Plains Indian"

12 to 1 p.m.Lunch and musical interlude with Jack Gladstone
1:30 p.m.

Jim Garry: "The Plains Indian and Nature's Tale"

2:30 p.m.

Jack Gladstone: "Buffalo Cafe: Cultural Change on the Northern Plains"

The presentations are part of the "Smithsonian Scholars in the Schools" program, sponsored by Natrona County School District #1 and hosted for the general public by the BLM’s NHTIC, in celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

Scholars Dr. Herman Viola, Greg Rodgers, Jim Garry, and Jack Gladstone will discuss North American Plains Indian topics, including art and culture, myths and folklore, and cultural change, at several Natrona County elementary schools on Nov. 18, 19, and 20.

The presentations are coordinated by the Regional Programs Department of the Smithsonian Associates. The Regional Programs Department presents educational and cultural events that highlight and complement the work of the Smithsonian Institution for audiences outside the Washington, D.C. area. The goal of the project is to take the institution’s scholars and researchers into communities around the nation where they can share their knowledge and enthusiasm for learning with students.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, Wyo. The NHTIC is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For additional information call the Trails Center at 307-261-7780.

BLM manages more land -- 253 million acres -- than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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Last updated: 11-13-2009