"The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will collaborate to host a month-long festival, “Cultural Journeys — The Music of Spirit & Legend,” which will explore the Native American experience in film, discussion and music, and which will focus on the tragedy of the Wounded Knee Incidents.
At the Eiteljorg Museum, three films will be shown that focus on the historical perspectives of Native Americans whose Lakota ancestors were massacred at Wounded Knee in 1890, as well as those who were directly involved in the siege on that historic site in 1973 to illustrate how both have shaped the Native American perspective in our history. The films will screen at 2 p.m. and will be hosted by Dr. Larry Zimmerman, public scholar of Native American representation at IUPUI: The Ride to Wounded Knee Jan. 5, Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee Jan. 12 and Tattoo on My Heart: The Warriors of Wounded Knee Jan. 19. Admission is free for symphony patrons with any ISO ticket or ticket stub, with a $5 admission charge for the general public.
A symposium, “Wounded Knee & Impact on Native American Activism,” will be held at the Eiteljorg Jan. 26, 2 p.m. It will feature William Means (Oglala Lakota), an American Indiana Movement leader and participant in the Wounded Knee Incident in 1973. He will be joined by other Native American activists. Admission will be $5 for ISO patrons and $10 for the general public.
Concluding the festival is “The Music of Spirit & Legend.” The ISO will perform Incident at Wounded Knee by the late Native American composer Louis Ballard and the world premiere of the Indiana Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Ballard and his protégé, Brent Michael Davids, plus Four Legends from Kalevala by Jean Sibelius. Concerts are Jan. 25, 8 p.m. and Jan. 26, 5:50 p.m. at the Hilbert Circle Theatre and will be followed by special Encores presentations featuring ISO Music Director Mario Venzago and Brent Michael Davids. Tickets are $10-$63. Call 317-639-4300 or go to www.IndianapolisSymphony.org.