Craig Howe, Sam Hurst to discuss the role of stars in the Lakota culture at BHSU Madeline Young Speaker event

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, April 9, 2015/Categories: 2015

Learn the role of the stars in the Lakota culture during the Black Hills State University Madeline Young Speaker series.

Dr. Craig Howe and Sam Hurst will speak at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 in the Joy Alumni Welcome Center on the BHSU campus. Howe and Hurst will introduce and show their film, "Lakota Star Knowledge," which links the Greco-Roman view of constellations with the traditional Lakota culture. The film was directed by Hurst with the assistance of The Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies under the direction of Howe and with additional support from Oglala Lakota College. They will discuss the subject and making of the film, as well as conduct a question and answer session.

The presentation is held in conjunction with American Indian Awareness Week on campus. The event is free and open to the public.

"Lakota Star Knowledge" was shot in southwestern South Dakota. In the film, Hurst and Howe take a group of middle school students from the Rosebud Indian reservation on an adventure, educating the youth on the Lakota universe and the role the stars play in their heritage.

Howe is the founder and director of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, a nonprofit research center committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of American Indian communities. Hurst is a documentary filmmaker from Rapid City.

Steve Babbitt, professor of photography at BHSU, said that Howe and Hurst are well-known authorities on American Indian culture.

"The two of them coming together to produce this documentary is quite remarkable and moving," Babbitt said. "It&rsquos an instructional documentary. Both are very knowledgeable on their subjects."

The Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series began in 1986 through an endowment from Madeline A. Young, a 1924 BHSU alumna. The series hosts stimulating, controversial and motivational speakers at the University. Previous Madeline A. Young Speakers have included Nobel Peace Prize Winner and former Polish president Lech Walesa, world renowned photographer and videographer Jake Norton, actors Danny Glover and Felix Justice and former United Nations ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick.

For more information on the Madeline Young Speaker series, visit or call (605) 642-6385.

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