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Ojibwe author to speak

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Carl Gawboy's painting

Carl Gawboy's painting "Still Standing"

Photo of Carl Gawboy Book cover for  Carl Gawboy's painting  

Artist, author, illustrator and retired college professor Carl Gawboy will discuss traditional Native American views of astronomy 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Cascade Room of Atwood Memorial Center.

The presentation, "The Wintermaker and Other Star Legends," is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

View the event poster (PDF).

Parking is free on streets adjacent to campus and a dollar per hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp.

Gawboy is co-author and illustrator of the 2003 University of Minnesota Press book "Talking Rocks." In the book Gawboy and earth scientist Ron Morton discuss the natural history of the Lake Superior region, examining the science and spirit of the land.

The book is an outgrowth of Gawboy's lifelong interest in connections between ancient pictographs and Native American understandings of astronomy and the constellations.

His art, incuding murals, paintings, murals and sketches, have been exhibited throughout the United States.

Something of a polymath, Gawboy recently staged several performances of a reader's theater production he scripted. "The Great Hurt" (PDF) discusses Indian boarding schools through the words of survivors and school personnel.

An enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Gawboy grew up near Ely speaking English, Finnish and Anishinaabemowin. His father was Ojibwe. His mother was Finnish.

He taught at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth for many years, coordinating the school's Ojibwe language program. 

The presentation is sponsored by these St. Cloud State entities: Department of Chemistry and Physics and the American Indian Center.

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