Dennis Zotigh, museum cultural specialist at the Museum of the American Indian, will speak on “Current Issues in Indigenous Culture: How the Historic Loss of Land Continues to Impact Modern Native Americans,” March 31, at 1 p.m., at Raritan Valley Community College. The program, which is free of charge and open to the public, will be held in the Conference Center (Room A) at the College’s Branchburg Campus.
A Kiowa, San Juan Pueblo and Santee Dakota Indian, Zotigh is a member of the Kiowa Gourd Clan. He is also a descendent of Sitting Bear and No Retreat, both principal war chiefs of the Kiowa. Raised with traditional Native American values, Zotigh has continued to learn the songs and dances of North American indigenous nations and has studied the cultural significance of their performances. He has lectured at universities, museums and symposiums, both domestically and internationally, on a range of topics important to American Indian culture.
Zotigh will address contemporary issues facing Native Americans, focusing specifically on issues of land loss. In an increasingly globalized world, the speaker believes that these are topics that are often less publicized in the media.
The presentation is funded in part by the NJ Council for the Humanities. RVCC’s Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education also provided funding for the program. For additional information, contact the Office of Academic Affairs: 908-526-1200, ext. 8804.