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Conversations at BSC explores sacred places

Posted on 3/19/2012

The next Conversations at BSC focuses on "Sacred Places on the Great Plains" in the Sunday, March 25, program on the Bismarck State College campus.

Joining BSC President Larry C. Skogen and humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson is Carole Barrett, associate professor of American Indian studies at the University of Mary. Dialogue begins at 3 p.m. in Sidney J. Lee Auditorium and includes questions and comments from the audience.

At one time, the Great Plains were imbued with ideas of place that shaped and were shaped by American Indians. Over time, most of those sacred places have been erased by white culture, white nomenclature, and industrial practices. Discussion will explore the ways in which the two cultures ascribe meaning to landscape, including sacred meaning.

Speakers will consider some sacred places on the plains, discuss the imposition of Euro-American ideas of sacredness, and ask, "Can a culture instill a place again with sacred meaning and energy?"

Barrett received her doctorate from the University of North Dakota and has studied English literature and American Indian studies at several universities. A recipient of Larry Remele Memorial Fellowship awards from the North Dakota Humanities Council, Barrett has produced research and public programs about North Dakota's American Indians.

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