Looking to expand interpretation to include Native stories? Join us for a 3-part series, including two webinars and one panel presentation. Sessions will be led by Raney Bench. Click here to register now.

About our Speaker
Raney Bench has a Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies and a master's in Museum Studies. Over the course of her career in small museums, she has worked with Native communities throughout the country on issues related to federal Indian law, stereotypes, history, and culture for over 20 years. She is author of the book Interpreting Native Culture at Museums and Historic Sites. She currently serves as Executive Director for the Seal Cove Auto Museum and lives on an island off the coast of Maine.

Webinar #1 - Thursday, March 17, 2016, 1 p.m. central/2 p.m. eastern (1 hour)

This session will answer questions about the proper terminology to use when referring to Native people in museums and historic sites, the historic and current status of Native people in the United States and some of the stereotypes and generalizations that people use when talking about Native history and why they are problematic.

Webinar #2 - Thursday, April 14, 2016, 1 p.m. central/2 p.m. eastern (1 hour)
Overview of Native history and rights in the United States
This session will give an overview of the laws and court cases relevant to Native rights and status in the United States today, connecting that to how and why we work with Native nations and individuals. This will help clarify the responsibilities and techniques for working with various Native communities, and some of the cultural considerations that can be taken into account when working with and interpreting Native culture.

Workshop - Thursday, August 25, 2016, Time & Location TBD
Bringing it All Together
This workshop will bring together local experts (Native, academic, etc.) who are knowledgeable about the specific history of Native people in Missouri and Kansas to discuss the current status of the communities, communication and interpretation opportunities. Participants will get to hear from speakers, then given a chance to discuss their own interpretative projects and ideas.

  • $50 - both webinars, copy of Interpreting Native American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites, and lunch at the in-person panel session
  • $40 - both webinars and a copy of Interpreting Native American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites
  • $30 - one webinar and a copy of Interpreting Native American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites
  • $5 - optional shipping of book. We can also bring books with us to the March Partner’s Meeting (or you may schedule a pickup with FFNHA staff).

If you have questions about this series, email Liz at ehobson@freedomsfrontier.org.

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