Dakota Daughters

2020 HPWHC Speakers Series Event- Saturday Feb. 29th

Speakers Series Begins with Dakota Daughters on Saturday Feb. 29th

The 2020 High Plains Western Heritage Center Speaker Series kicks off on leap year day, Saturday, February 29th at 1:00 pm. Our first presentation will be “Dakota Daughters” featuring Joyce Jefferson, Geraldine Goes in Center and Lillian Witt.

The program is open to the public. There is a suggested donation of $5. Proceeds benefit the programs at the HPWHC.

Jefferson portrays Mattie Elmira Richardson, a woman engaged to a Buffalo soldier. Lillian plays Sadie Babcock a rancher’s wife and homesteader. Jerry plays Kimemela, Sitting Bull’s daughter.

The play consists of three monologues representing the perspective of women from the Native American, African-American and Euro-American cultures. Each tells their account of events leading up to Wounded Knee.

All three women play fictional characters, but represent true events and how women during the time period of 1865 and 1890 felt about the events. The actresses say the perspective of women during this time wasn’t as well documented as others, and they want to share it.

The presentation is made possible through a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council.