Phyllis Cole-Dai

Phyllis Cole-Dai
Topics: American Old West, History, Literature, Native American, Poetry, South Dakota, Women
Communities: Brookings
Program Types: Pre-recorded Program Video, Speakers Bureau, Virtual Program(s);
Author, Public Speaker
Brookings, SD | 605-592-6293

The 1862 U.S.-Dakota War Through Sarah Wakefield's Eyes
Cole-Dai invites participants to consider the 1862 Dakota Uprising in Minnesota from the perspective of Sarah Wakefield. The wife of a government physician on the Dakota reservation, Wakefield and her two young children were captured on the first morning of the outbreak. Her relationship with Caske, her Dakota captor and protector, became a source of great controversy and ultimately, tragedy. Cole-Dai tells a few captivating stories behind her writing of Beneath the Same Stars, her novel that dives into this history. She leads her audience on a journey from a family cemetery in North Kingstown, Rhode Island; to the ruins of the Upper Sioux Agency near Granite Falls, Minnesota; to the kitchen table of a Dakota elder in Peever, South Dakota. Along the way she explores a largely forgotten history that still haunts this region of the country.

Practicing Presence: Insights from the Streets
What does homelessness look and feel like from street level? Hear from someone who chose to go without a home for 47 days and tried to practice presence (compassionate attention) while living among the street people of Columbus, Ohio. After this presentation by Cole-Dai, the co-author of The Emptiness of Our Hands, you might look with new eyes at every person you meet, homeless and otherwise.

The Good Medicine of Mindfulness Poetry?
Explore the practice of mindfulness and how poetry can support it with the co-editor of Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems. Learn how reading this very accessible poetry can benefit your life.