May 16, 2016
Free Public Lecture Features Double Ditch Indian Village Painting at ND Heritage Center
BISMARCK – The free lecture series, “A Vision of the Village: The Double Ditch Cyclorama,” featuring presentations about the large Double Ditch painting (cyclorama) on exhibit at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, continues on Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m. Attendees will learn how this spectacular, 50-foot long original painting by Boston-area artist Robert Evans was conceived, what research went into making it historically accurate, and how it incorporates aspects of Mandan language and culture.
The fifth lecture in this six-part series is “More Than Meets the Eye: A Closer Look at Mandan Society,” presented by special guests Amy Mossett, Cultural Heritage Consultant, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, and Calvin Grinnell, Tribal Historian, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. Mossett and Grinnell will present their understanding of community life in a Mandan village. Using examples from the cyclorama, they will relate various roles, identities, and responsibilities held by men and women of all ages in Mandan society.
The final presentation in the series is “In the Heartland: Natural Resources in Mandan Life” on June 11. Part of the Second Saturdays in the Galleries sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, this series is a partnership with the North Dakota Archaeological Association.
For more information about this lecture series, contact Erik Holland at 701.328.2792. Find out more about additional upcoming educational programs sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota at history.nd.gov or call 701.328.2666.
Erik Holland, 701.328.2792
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