OLLI hosting screening and discussion for 'Return of the Pawnees'

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OLLI hosting screening and discussion for ‘Return of the Pawnees’

Roger Welsch (Photo courtesy of the UNL Department of History)
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Roger Welsch

The short film, “Return of the Pawnees,” features the story of Roger Welsch’s reconciliation and the resulting re-emergence of Pawnee culture in Nebraska.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will hold a screening of and public discussion about the short film “Return of the Pawnees” from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Center for Great Plains Studies, 1155 Q St.

The film explores the story of Roger and Linda Welsch returning their land on the Loup River near Dannebrog to the Pawnee. The land had belonged to the Pawnee people before the U.S. government relocated them to Oklahoma in 1875.

Roger Welsch, one of Nebraska most-famous storytellers, passed away Sept. 30 at the age of 85.

Speakers during the Oct. 24 event include Margaret Jacobs, director of the Center for Great Plains Studies, and Kevin Abourezk, journalist, activist and member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

The film is co-produced by Jacobs and Abourezk. Charles “Boots” Kennedye, an Oklahoma-based filmmaker and member of the Kiowa Tribe, is the film’s director.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Learn more about the film discussion.

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