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Pre-Chautauqua Book Discussion: “Rediscovering Turtle Island: A First Peoples’ Account of the Sacred Geography of America”

July 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

Get your copy of “Rediscovering Turtle Island: A First People’s Account of the Sacred Geography” by Chautauqua scholar Taylor Keen, and discuss it with other readers. 

“While Western accounts of North American history traditionally start with European colonization, Indigenous histories of North America—or Turtle Island—stretch back millennia. Drawing on comparative analysis, firsthand Indigenous accounts, extensive historical writings, and his own experience, Omaha Tribal member, Cherokee citizen, and teacher Taylor Keen presents a comprehensive re-imagining of the ancient and more recent history of this continent’s oldest cultures. Keen reveals shared oral traditions across much of North America, including among the Algonquin, Athabascan, Sioux, Omaha, Ponca, Osage, Quapaw, and Kaw tribes. He explores the history of Cahokia, the Mississippian Mound Builder Empire of 1050–1300 CE. And he examines ancient earthen works and ceremonial sites of Turtle Island, revealing the Indigenous cosmology, sacred mathematics, and archaeoastronomy encoded in these places that artfully blend the movements of the sun, moon, and stars into the physical landscape.”

Taylor Keen will be in Norfolk August 2 & 3 to conduct a workshop and portray his own ancestor, Big Elk, on the Chautauqua stage.


July 30
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
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Norfolk Public Library
308 W. Prospect Ave.
Norfolk, NE 68701 United States
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