Hastings Reads 2022

Masks are required at all events.

Native American Boarding Schools

When: Thursday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.

Where: Hastings Arts Center

We will learn about Native American Boarding schools from Dr. Brenda Child. Dr. Child is a professor at the University of Minnesota and is an award-winning author of several books, including Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940.

This event will require proof of vaccination in addition to masks.

Native Enough: a photo book with Photographer Nina O’Leary

When: Saturday, Feb. 5 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Where: Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library

Native Enough dispels stereotypical images of Native Americans.

With interview excerpts included alongside the present-day portraits of Native college students, this book discusses identity anxiety, tribal issues, moments of pride and education.

The combination of black and white portraits and interview excerpts provides a poignant look at the faces of Native students, proving that stereotypes fall short in the faces of Native diversity.

Ojibwe Storytime

When: Monday, Feb. 7 from 6 to 6:45 p.m.

Where: Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library

Become familiar with the traditional Ojibwe stories as told by Ojibwe storyteller, Mi-zi-way DesJarlait.

Geared for children five and older. Registration required; register via the Dakota County Library calendar.

Popcorn and a Movie

When: Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m.

Where: Tilden Senior Center

Seniors, join us for a documentary that covers a century of cinema as filmmaker Neil Diamond explores how society’s understanding and misunderstanding of Native Americans has been influenced by film. Rated NR

LeDuc Book Club Discussion

When: Thursday, Feb. 10 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: LeDuc Historic Estate

Join the LeDuc History Book Group for a lively discussion of "Firekeeper’s Daughter" by Angeline Boulley.

Author Visit: Angeline Boulley

When: Tuesday, Feb. 15

Where: In school at Hastings High School and at Hastings Arts Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education.

She will talk to HHS students about her debut novel, "Firekeeper’s Daughter", during the school day.

In the evening, she will join community members downtown to discuss her book and her work as an author.

Boulley will sign books, and copies of her book will be available for purchase.

Film and Discussion

When: Thursday, Feb. 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library

Watch the documentary "Blood Memory" (55 minutes), which recounts the history of America’s Indian Adoption Era and shows an adoption survivor helping others fi nd their way home through song and ceremony.

After the screening, join others in discussing the film.

Geared for adults and older teens.

Discussion of "Firekeeper’s Daughter"

NOTE: This date has been changed from previous flyers

When: Thursday, Feb. 17 from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Hastings High School Library

High school students are invited to enjoy refreshments while discussing Boulley’s novel and her visit to Hastings High School.

Indigenous Drumming

NOTE: This date has been changed from previous flyers

When: Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library

Hear lively songs and stories from the Red Bone Singers and learn about the importance of drumming in native and indigenous cultures.

Geared for children five and older. Registration required; register via the Dakota County Library calendar.

Family Event

When: Friday, Feb. 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Hastings YMCA

This event is for families with children in elementary school. Bring your young ones to the YMCA for pizza, books and fun.

Pizza will be served from 6 to 6:30 p.m., and then we’ll have fun with projects and activities related to Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard.

Bring a copy of a recipe that your family loves. You do not need to be a member of the YMCA, and no registration is required.

Stop by the Y for activity bags if your family wants to participate from home.

Book Club for Hastings Middle School Students

Date to be determined.

HMS students are invited to join a book club about Indian No More. Teachers will give you information on how to participate.

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