This program explores the Green Man of myth, folklore and legend, a character often seen as a symbol of humankind's relationship with the natural world. In European art and architecture of the past millennium, he is most commonly associated with the "foliate head"—a man's face formed by and/or emerging from leaves. This presentation will explore questions of origins, influences, contemporary significance, and the rich insights the character might grant us into the complex story of humankind's relationship with nature. Images, music, video and literary excerpts (and possibly a personal appearance by the Green Man himself) bring this program and the colorful nature of this engaging, mysterious and mischievous figure to life.
Presenter: Kristen Prinzing, educator, teletelevision and radio producer, musician and the director of MusEco.
Humanities Montana is Montana's independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), founded in 1972 by thirteen Montana citizens—academic and civic leaders—in response to Congress' National Arts and Humanities Act of 1965.