Roderick Brown

Roderick Brown
Topics: Native American, South Dakota
Communities: Mitchell
Program Types: One Book South Dakota, Speakers Bureau

Museum Manager
Dakota Discovery Museum
1300 McGovern Ave, PO Box 1071, Mitchell, SD 57301 | 605-770-8493

Discovering Dakota: A People and Land of Infinite Variety
Everyone comes from somewhere and everyone's story is worth telling and hearing. Brown's presentation uses art and artifact to tell the stories of the people of this region.

Dakota Diaspora: The Jewish Community of South Dakota
South Dakota has a vital Jewish community that stretches from one end of the state to the other. Brown shares how members of this community came into South Dakota beginning in the 1870s, and from then to now have built families and businesses, endured antisemitism and celebrated triumphs.

The Blair Colony: A New Land and New Life
The Blair Colony was also known as the Sully County Colored Colony and became a source of possibility for former slaves and their children. Brown's presentation is based on a 2019 exhibition that explores the African-American experience in South Dakota.

Cultural Change: Beads and Buffalo
Tribal cultures experienced incredible and dislocating change from the arrival of Lewis & Clark (1804) to the 19th century decimation of the buffalo herds that once spread across the South Dakota prairie. Brown focuses on the transition from quill work to bead work and loss of the buffalo, examining both voluntary and forced cultural change.