The North Platte Public Library will host another Humanities Nebraska speaker at noon on Friday, July 30 who will talk about Harvesting Foods and Medicines in the Dakota Tradition.

The speaker is Jerome Kills Small. It is a free program with funds from the library’s Friends group, Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. 

Jerome Kills Small is a return presenter to the library. In this presentation, he describes the medicinal foods and plants that grow in the Missouri River valley, on the Great Plains and on up to the Rocky Mountains.

He talks about the universal uses, legends, and history of the plants in Native American life. He is an Oglala Lakota from South Dakota, and a retired professor of Lakota Language and other Native American courses. Jerome is a storyteller and translates, explains, and sings Lakota ceremonial, sweat lodge, powwow, rabbit, round dance, warrior, vision quest, and Sundance songs.

The library does appreciate pre-registration of attendees to help plan seating. Please call the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3320 to register. Programs last about 45 minutes, followed by a time for questions. Attendees are welcome to bring sack lunches, if they wish. The library will have water and lemonade. 

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