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Native Storyteller Robert Wapahi, Dakota, to Present at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

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Dakota Sioux storyteller and visual artist Robert Wapahi of Chicago will present “Stories of Families,” a program of traditional, historical, and true contemporary tales for all ages at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, at Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston, Illinois.
One of his themes will be “creating trails,” Wapahi said in an interview with the Mitchell Museum. “Everybody is creating his own trail.”

When Wapahi introduces traditional Dakota stories, he begins with the words “back in the time when all things spoke,” which he says is a Native equivalent of “once upon a time.”
Among the traditional stories in his presentation, Wapahi will talk about “Why Trees Lose Their Leaves in the Fall” and “Why the Skunk Has Two Stripes.”

Wapahi will relate a historical tale about two Native boys present at the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Wapahi will tell true-life stories from the 20th century about the migration of American Indians to big cities such as Chicago and his own experiences as a U.S. Army combat soldier in the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1967.

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Wapahi was born in 1945 in Springfield, S.D., and grew up on the Santee Indian Reservation in nearby Nebraska.

Wapahi’s drawings and paintings have been exhibited at the Illinois State Museum galleries in Chicago and Lockport and at the American Indian Center of Chicago. He has served as president of the board of the Uptown Multi-Cultural Art Center.

The independent nonprofit Mitchell Museum is located at 3001 Central St., Evanston. For information, phone (847) 475-1030 or email or visit the website by clicking here.