Native American Doctor
The Story of Susan La Flesche Picotte
by Jeri Ferris
Blessing for a Long Time
The Sacred Pole of the Omaha Tribe
by Robin Ridington
and Dennis Hastings
"I know of no single work that better
represents the best of the Americanist tradition in anthropology.
. . It is brilliantly done.
-- Regna Darnell
author of Edward Sapir:
Linguist, Anthropologist, Humanist
|Susan La Flesche Picotte, M.D.
by Benson Tong
Umonhon Tribal Member
Dennis Hastings is a veteran grassroots organizer who has committed his
life to collaborative work between Native American and non-Native cultures.
Active in the Alcatraz and Wounded Knee occupations of the early 1970's,
Mr. Hastings later went on to earn a Bachelor's degree from the New School
of California in 1984, and a Master's from the Western Institute for Social
Research in 1998, a school which he co-founded. Mr. Hastings helped to
author Nebraska's repatriation law which became the model for the
In addition Mr. Hastings has been responsible for a series of
video tapes about his culture -- two of which have won
awards -- and numerous published articles. He was instrumental
in reintroducing early recordings of Umonhon music into our modern time, melodies
of which were later incorporated into a collaborative work with the Omaha
Symphony Orchestra, West Meets West in 1993, a performance which
received the 1993 Governor’s Art Awards
from the Nebraska Arts Council.
Hastings is the founder of the
Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project, Inc. [OTHRP]
which has created the vision of the New Moon Moving Interpretive
Center/Museum designed by Vincent Snyder as the latest in the organization's many projects
over its thirty year history.
Click on the titles below to learn
Dennis Hastings' work.
Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project [OTHRP]
is a non-profit, charitable organization whose purpose is cross-cultural
coalition building, public education and advocacy to effect positive social
change between the Native and non-Native communities of Nebraska and
New Moon Moving
New Moon Moving Interpretive Center/Museum
is designed to be a world-class exhibition, archival and educational
facility situated among ancestral Reservation lands on a bluff overlooking
the Missouri River. Designed by architect
Vincent Snyder, a Wahoo,
NE native who became both a Nebraska University and a Princeton graduate
with a distinguished career that includes extensive professional associations
with the architects Michael Graves and Frank Gehry where as a senior
design architect he contributed to such internationally acclaimed projects
as the Vitra Headquarters in Switzerland, EuroDisneyland in France, and
the EMR Communications and Technology Center in Germany.
Roots to Racism
This essay was originally written for Macy Public School [now
Umonhon Nation Public School] during Dennis
Hasting's term on the local school board.
courtesy OTHRP Archives
Two Omaha women
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