Anderson-Lee Library, located at 43 Main Street in Silver Creek announces the schedule for their annual speaker series in honor of Native American Heritage Month in November. All programs are free and open to the public. Please register for the programs by calling 716-934-3468, stopping by the library, or visiting our website at www.andersonleelibrary.org, and clicking on the events tab. All programs start at 6pm and will run from one to one and a half hours.
Tuesday, November 15: Norm Jimerson: “Native Culture: Agriculture, Dance, Family, and Sports”
Jimerson, Onondaga, Deer Clan, is an Air Force veteran, former construction worker, and lacrosse player. He was instrumental in designing the cultural parts of the Seneca Nation Head Start programs and was the Superintendent of the Indian Village at the New York State Fair for 30 years. In his retirement, Jimerson enjoys traveling, dancing, singing and giving cultural presentations.
Thursday, November 17: Elliott Tallchief: “Thomas Indian School Survivor”
Tallchief, Seneca Nation, Wolf Clan, was forcibly placed at the Thomas Indian School at the age of 5 in 1945 and lived there until it closed in 1957. After graduating from Gowanda Schools in 1959, Tallchief enlisted in the Navy and served for 10 years. Tallchief also worked for Ford Motor Company for 22 years.
Tuesday, November 22: Marcy Kane and Bernadette Scott: “Haudenosaunee Women”
Kane and Scott, Seneca, Deer Clan, from the Cattaraugus Territory in New York are mother and daughter. Members of a family well known for their teaching, sharing, and making traditional Seneca (no-face) cornhusk dolls and for Iroquois Social dancing, both women are accomplished artists.
Kane is a lifetime member of the Buffalo Creek Dancers, and has performed all over Turtle Island, including at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, in an effort to share her native culture with everyone. Scott earned a B.S. in Audio/Radio Production with a minor in American Indian Studies from SUNY Fredonia and a M.A. in American Studies from the University of Buffalo. Currently the Artist in Residency at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum in Salamanca, NY, Scott has won many awards for her braided cornhusk moccasins and dolls and leads demonstrations and workshops throughout NY and PA.