History books tend to include Missouri’s Indigenous population only during periods when they were a threat to the state’s white settlement. These histories overlook the fact that Native people have lived here for at least 12,000 years and continue to call Missouri home today.
In honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day, historian Greg Olson will talk about the centuries of Indigenous presence in the state. He will discuss the inventiveness and adaptability that have enabled Missouri’s Indigenous population to change and evolve in the face of the extreme challenges they encountered. Olson will show how this resilience allowed Indigenous people and their traditions to survive in Missouri in the twenty-first century.
Powwow dancers from Missouri will demonstrate different styles of dances at 6:30 p.m. before the author talk at 7 p.m. After the talk, books will be available for sale from Skylark Bookshop and signing by the author.
Greg Olson served as the curator of exhibits and special projects at the Missouri State Archives from 2000–2018 and is the author of six books, including: "Indigenous Missourians: Ancient Societies to the Present"; "The Ioway in Missouri"; "Voodoo Priests, Noble Savages, and Ozark Gypsies: The Life of Folklorist Mary Alicia Owen"; and "Ioway Life: Reservation and Reform, 1837–1860."
This talk is presented in partnership with Columbia College's Stafford Library and Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. If you would like to attend online via Zoom, register here.
Greg Olson will also present a One Read Book Discussion September 7.