Presentation by Jerome Kills Small. Kills Small tells children’s stories and animal stories that have been passed down for generations as part of the Lakota and Dakota Sioux traditions. Among the types of stories covered are iktomi (trickster tales) and ohunkanka (old legends). When speaking to adult audiences, Kills Small also analyzes the Native American storytelling tradition.
Jerome Kills Small is an Oglala Lakota from Porcupine, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Reservation. A 1997 graduate of the University of South Dakota with a master’s degree in selected studies, he stayed to teach at USD, where he teaches Lakota language, American Indian thought, Siouan tribal culture, Lakota history and a seminar on Black Elk. He also teaches the Dakota language and American Indian cultures at the Nebraska Indian Community College at Santee, Neb., and South Sioux City, Iowa. Jerome is featured in the book “Wounded Warriors: A Time for Healing,” and has a story in the Silver Anniversary Anthology published by the South Dakota Humanities Council. Kills Small has parts in the videos “Sucker Punched,” “Nagi Kicopi (Calling Back the Spirit),” “Lost Landscapes” and “Bones of Contention: Repatriation and Reburial.” He sings with the Oyate Singers of Vermillion, S.D. In the Great Plains Chautauqua, he portrayed Dr. Charles A. Eastman, the first medical doctor of the Santee people of the Dakota Tribe; and Tecumseh, a Shawnee chief and British general.
Funded project of Humanities Nebraska. Humanities Nebraska was established as a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1973.