Kim Sigafus McIver talks about the tribes that once inhabited Illinois, and includes a history of the Trail of Tears as it pertains to our state. She’ll discuss the Native traditions and culture of the tribes that once lived in Illinois in the early 1800’s before the Indian Removal Act moved them west. Topics such as Native gardening, harvest, and music will be included in the discussion, and Kim will sing and drum during the presentation. A question-and-answer period will follow.
Kim Sigafus is an internationally published award-winning Ojibwa author and speaker. Her family is from White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. Kim’s Ojibwa name, Bekaadiziikwe, means “Quiet Woman.” In her Native regalia, Kim has presented Native American programs at venues across the Midwest. The genres she writes include romance, children’s picture books and plays, as well as Native American fiction and non-fiction. When she’s not working, she makes dream catchers and Talking Feathers, and drums and sings.