DSU presents Dakota Daughters

The DSU Office of Diversity Services, in partnership with the South Dakota Humanities Council, and with funding provided by the College Access Challenge Grant, presents Dakota Daughters - a three-woman presentation addressing the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. The play features Geraldine Goes In Center, Lillian Witt and Joyce Jefferson.

The play will be shown twice on Wednesday, April 20: noon in the Underground and 7 p.m. in the Science Center Auditorium.

About the Performers:
Geraldine Goes In Center, Oglala Lakota, and her parents, Eva and Nathaniel Witt, are from the Lip's (Pute) Camp Tiospaye (Wamblee SD).  She prides herself on being Ina (mother) to four strong Cunkshi's (daughters) and Unci (grandmother) of many beautiful Takojas.  She served in the US Army from 1974-1982 (Vietnam Era veteran).  Jerry earned a BS in Human Service and a minor in counseling from Oglala Lakota College.  She is a published writer and has self-published three booklets: Jokes Heard around the Rez, Lakota Recipes, and Lakota Baby Naming Book.  In business for the past five years, she makes and provides Buffalo Wasna and gives presentations on Lakota diet and foods.

Lillian Witt grew up on a South Dakota ranch and attended a small country grade school.  She earned a BA in Journalism/History at Chadron State College, Chadron, NE.  She is a published author in Outside the Lines, a book of student essays published by CSC to be used by history college professors, and Tenth Street Miscellany, a collection of stories and essays of graduating students.  She is a free-lance writer for several local publications. Lil is writing a children's book that is almost ready for publication.  Lillian's proudest accomplishments are her six children and eleven grandchildren.

Joyce Jefferson earned a BS in English at Black Hills State University.  Through her business, Joyce Jefferson Creates Stories in Song, she provides performances that weave narration, poetry and song.  She is an independent scholar with the South Dakota Humanities Council. Joyce toured the state educa-taining audiences about African American heroes.  Jefferson mounted an exhibition of historic photographs called "Corporals, Cooks, and Cowboys: African American Pioneers in the Black Hills" at the Journey Museum in 2000.  She also self-published Black & Other Friends, a book of poetry inspired by her research. Joyce recently toured with The Women's Lawyers Club, a product of Periaktos Productions.

Last Updated: 1/10/12