Monday, January 20 at 7:00 pm
The January session of the Middle Border Lecture Series will feature historical re-enactor Darrel Draper as “George Drouillard–Hunter, Interpreter, and Indian Sign-Talker for Lewis Clark,” in a unique educational and entertaining costumed program at 7:00 PM on Monday, January 20 at the Dakota Discovery Museum, 1300 McGovern Ave, Mitchell.
Drouillard, half French and half Shawnee Indian, is considered by most scholars to be one of the most valuable and remarkable members of the expedition that mapped and explored the American West. In full costume and with French accent, Drouillard will tell the story of his youth among the Shawnee Indians, his recruitment by Lewis and Clark, his contributions to the expedition, and other tales of humor and excitement.
Nebraska historical storyteller Darrel Draper first wrote and re-enacted the Drouillard presentation in 2000 in preparation for the four-year Lewis and Clark Bicentennial celebration. Since then Draper has toured all over the United States. He received a standing ovation for the Drouillard performance in Ohio before an audience that not only included Shawnee Indians, but also best-selling novelist James Alexander Thom, author of Sign-Talker, the biographical novel about Drouillard.
Darrel Draper has been described by audience members as “an awesome and absolutely wonderful performer” who is able to transport listeners back in time to the era of his characters. His humorous delivery, sound research, knowledge of history, and the use of interactive audience participation have delighted audiences aged 8 to 80. He is one of the most requested speakers in the Nebraska Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau Program, the largest of its type in the nation.
The 45 minute program, “George Drouillard–Hunter, Interpreter, and Indian Sign-Talker for Lewis Clark” is free to the public. The Lecture Series is presented every other month and features speakers on topics pertaining to the history, art and culture of the Middle Border region. The program is made possible in part by a Speakers Bureau grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information call 605-996-2122 or visit www.dakotadiscovery.com.