Lillian Witt

Lillian Witt
Topics: American Old West, History, Native American, South Dakota, Women
Communities: Gordon, NE
Program Types: Chautauqua, Speakers Bureau

Gordon, NE | (308) 360-9336

Daddies' Dreams (Chautauqua)
Getting hooked in the mouth by a bucking bull's horn, finding a boiled egg with two baby chicken feet sticking out of it, and roping a deer and a badger are only a few of the hilarious, but true stories told by Lillian Derflinger Witt of her adventurous father as a young cowboy, WWII veteran, and South Dakota rancher. In addition, South Dakota Humanities Council scholars Joyce Jefferson and Geraldine Goes in Center add their stories and fond memories of their Air Force and Army veteran fathers.

Annie Tallent, The First White Woman in the Black Hills (Chautauqua)
A woman of refinement and education, Annie Tallent was the first white woman in the Black Hills. Along with her husband D.G. and their nine-year-old son Robert, Annie joined the Gordon party on a long and grueling journey of deep snow, bitter cold and constant fear of attacking Indians en route to the Black Hills. Even though she first entered Dakota Territory illegally, Annie Tallent represents the heroism and resourcefulness of pioneer women and is recognized as an interesting figure among the pioneers of the Black Hills, especially in the annals of early educational history.

Dakota Daughters: Wounded Knee 1890, Three Women, Three Lives, Three Cultures
(Chautauqua)                                                                                                              Dakota Daughters - Lillian Witt, Geraldine Goes in Center and Joyce Jefferson - commemorate the upcoming 130-year anniversary of the December 29, 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre. They have made it a priority to tell this story throughout South Dakota by relaying historical information in an interesting, entertaining and memorable way. The Dakota Daughters hope that when people see their play, they will realize that although we all are unique - such as skin color, cultures, beliefs - deep down we are not all that different. All of us have hopes, dreams, fears and struggles. Dakota Daughters' goal is to increase sensitivity and understanding of others, of their customs and their cultures; and by looking into the past, find peace, closure and understanding in the future. After all, we are all related ... or as our Lakota sisters and brothers say, Mitakuye Oyasin. Please see fellow scholar, Geraldine Goes in Center, for "Dakota Daughters" video promo.