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Verna K. Boyd

Topics: Anthropology, Education, History, Native American, South Dakota, Women

Communities: Garretson

Program Types: Pre-recorded Program Video, Speakers Bureau, Virtual Program(s) | 605-951-3865

Journey Into the Past
I introduce audiences to the First Nations people who made their homes
in southeastern South Dakota-Omaha, Ponca,Ioway-and discuss their
traditional way of life. Farming techniques and crops are reviewed.
Artifacts, sample trade items, replicas of a dog travois, tools and
pottery are discussed and exhibited.

Monarch Butterflies in South Dakota
They have an amazing life cycle from egg, through 5 instars (sizes) of
caterpillar to adult butterfly. Learn why their numbers are declining.
Learn why South Dakota native plants are a requirement for their
survival. Follow their dramatic generational migration north to South
Dakota breeding grounds and then South to their winter ranges.

How Dogs Have Shaped South Dakota Life
Discover how First Nations traveled and hunted with their dogs. Learn
how pioneers relied on their dogs to help them survive. We travel
forward from the Great Depression to present day. Farmers, ranchers,
hunters and law enforcement rely on various breeds. We discuss how dogs
have become an integral part of our state’s history and economy.

Skin, Scales, Jaws and Claws
The life cycles and habits of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
native to South Dakota are examined. Learn about our state’s carnivores,
herbivores and omnivores. Their feathers, pelts, skulls, teeth and
claws, as well as, live animals are discussed and exhibited.