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Geraldine Goes in Center

Topics: Anti-racism, Black Hills, Chautauqua, Communication, Education, History, Medicine/Healing, Native American, South Dakota, Theater, Veterans/Military History, Women

Community: Rapid City, SD

Program Types: Chautauqua, Pre-recorded Program Video, Speakers Bureau, Virtual Program(s) | (605) 899-8999

Dakota Daughters – Wounded Knee Massacre, 1890
Dakota Daughters – Lillian Witt, Geraldine Goes in Center and Joyce Jefferson – commemorated the 130-year anniversary of the December 29, 1890, Wounded Knee Massacre. Now, they look to the future of 2023 and beyond. They have made it a priority to tell this story throughout South Dakota by relaying historical information in an interesting, thought-provoking, entertaining and memorable way. They have augmented their program to include slides from their collaboration with The Journey Museum and Periaktos Productions: “Reflections on the Massacre at Wounded Knee.” The Dakota Daughters hope 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. Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ – “We are all related.

Institutional Indian
One Oglala Lakota Winyan’s (woman’s) journey thru the boarding school systems and history of Indian Boarding School.

Dakota Daughters – Daddies’ Dreams
Joyce Jefferson shares “Bayou Airman,” about father, Clarence James. She recounts a dashing, dapper young man and explores his life in the Army Air Corps, then the Air Force, his life after a 30-year career in the Air Force and retirement in Suisun City, California, near Travis Air Force Base. Dakota Daughters compare the lives of their fathers Marvin Derflinger, Clarence James, and Nathaniel Witt, who served their country and continued to lead full and interesting lives after their tours of duty. Lillian Witt, Geraldine Goes in Center, and Joyce Jefferson bring their fathers’ history to life.