May 19, 2017

Native American Cultural Symposium and Outdoor Film Series June 2nd-4th


The Museum of Native American History in Bentonville, Arkansas presents the debut of the Native American Cultural Symposium and Outdoor Film Series, June 2nd-4th, 2017

All Museum Symposium events are free and open to the public.  Pre-registration with the Museum (479) 273-2456 is strongly suggested for some events.

During the Symposium, donations towards the Seneca Black Elk Mathews Scholarship will be most appreciated.

There will be panel discussions, children's storytime, storytelling performances, outdoor films and so much more! 

For weekend schedule Click here.   

Featured Presenters:

Joseph Marshall III is the Celebrated Rosebud Lakota author of "The Journey of Crazy Horse:  The Lakota History", "Walking with Elders: The Wisdom of Lakota Grandfathers" and twelve other books. He also worked as a technical advisor and narrator for the TNT and Dreamworks Television six-part mini-series "Into the West"  and played the on-screen role of "Loved by the Buffalo" a Lakota medicine man. 


Gayle Ross is an internationally renowned storyteller and a direct descendant of legendary Cherokee Chief John Ross.  She has appeared at almost every major storytelling and folk festival in the United States and Canada. Gayle is also the author of five critically acclaimed children's books.  She was recently featured in ground-breaking American Experience series "We Shall Remain" in the Trail of Tears episode.  


J R Mathews was the youngest Tribal Chairman in the history of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma and co-founder of the American Indian Theater Company.  He was recently appointed to serve as a board member of the National Indian Cannabis Coalition.  He co-produced the play "Black Elk Speaks".  His work in the training of Native American talent in Tulsa has produced 14 individuals who have gone to work in the industry.  



Sam Scinta is the former publisher and consulting editor of the Fulcrum Publishing.  Sam founded IM Education, Inc., a non-profit focusing on education programming. He is the creator of Fulcrum's best-selling Speaker's Corner Books series on contemporary political and social issues.  



Bobby Bridger is an author, musician and winner of the John Neihardt Award, as well as a co-creator of the Symposium.  Bridger has performed all over America and Europe. He is also the author of the award-winning books "Buffalo Bill" and "Sitting Bull:  Inventing the Wild West" and "A Ballad of the West".   


Charlie Soap husband and community development partner of the late Wilma Mankiller and producer/director of a film being featured at the event "The Cherokee Word for Water".  Mr. Soap is a skilled photographer and is working on a book of photographs of indigenous people.


Celia Xavier is a producer, writer, director and actress known for "Playground of the Native Son" (2013), "Blood Battle" (2012) and "Rock, Paper, Scissors" (2005).  Celia is CEO and Head of Original Programming at Tribal TV.  She is also the the owner of IndieIN films plus, founder and executive director of the Tribal Film Festival in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.


Native American Cultural Symposium and Outdoor Film Series 

June 2nd-4th, 2017

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