One Story is a grass roots community-based program designed to build awareness of contemporary Native American issues. One Story partners currently include The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, Dowagiac Area History Museum, Dowagiac District Library, Dowagiac Dogwood Fine Arts Festival Committee, Dowagiac Union Schools, and Southwestern Michigan College.
This year's book selection is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Alexie is a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian who grew up in Wellpinit, Washington on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The novel is based on Alexie’s own experiences and utilizes words and pictures to tell the story of a young Indian boy who leaves his school on the reservation to attend an all-white school. The 2015 One Story events are based on various themes explored in Alexie’s semi-autobiographical book.
- "Walking in Two Worlds" Art Workshop
The Pokagon Band will host a presentation and art workshop. Participants will learn about artist, Louie Gong’s, message about the importance of expressing one’s identity. They will then use “MockUps” to custom design their own pair of Vans shoes. Refreshments and art materials will be provided.
February 12 | 5:30 pm
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi
27043 Potawatomi Trail (off of Dailey Road), Dowagiac, MI 49047
- Book Discussion: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
The Dowagiac Area History Museum will host a book talk about The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian. The discussion will be facilitated by the Director of the Dowagiac District Library.
February 18 | 6:30 pm
Dowagiac Area History Museum
201 E Railroad St, Dowagiac, MI 49047
SMC will host a free showing of Sherman Alexie’s movie, Smoke Signals, which is based on his book, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Free refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6:00 pm and movie begins at 6:30 pm.
January 29 | 6:00 pm
Southwestern Michigan College
Student Activity Center
58900 Cherry Grove Rd, Dowagiac, MI 49047