Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar to discuss American Indian timekeeping

Author: Kyle Chamberlin


Raymond J. DeMallie, professor of anthropology atIndianaUniversity, will discuss American Indian timekeeping in a lecture at 7:30 p.m. April 3 (Tuesday) in the auditorium of theHesburghCenterat the University of Notre Dame.

TitledLakota Winter Counts and the Cultural Interpretation of Time,DeMallies lecture is sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program and co-hosted by the Notre Dame chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (Epsilon of Indiana) and the Department of Anthropology. The lecture and an ensuing reception are free and open to the public.

The Lakota people kept pictorial records that designated each passing winter and served as calendars to name the years. DeMallies talk will introduce winter counts as a genre, discuss the nature of the events they commemorate, and offer some interpretation of what they reveal about native Lakota concepts of time and history.

DeMallie is director of the American Indian Studies Research Institute atIndianaUniversity, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1973. He earned a doctoral degree in anthropology from theUniversityofChicagoand is past president of the American Society for Ethnohistory.

With research focusing on the social organization, belief systems, oral traditions and material culture of the Plains Indians of North America, DeMallie has edited several publications, includingNorth American Indian Anthropology: Essays on Society and CultureandSioux Indian Religion: Tradition and Innovation.He has done fieldwork on reservations in the Dakotas,MontanaandSaskatchewan.

* Contact: * _Mark Schurr, department of anthropology, 574-631-7638,

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