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One Voice, Many Stories: A First Person, First Nations Oral History

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Program Type:

Lecture/Speaker, Virtual

Age Group:

All Ages
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Program Description


Experience quality programming from the comfort of home via the internet!

Event Details

Manitowoc Public Library is honored to be offering this three-part series with First Nations Oral Historian, Napos, who has served as an Oral Scholar in Residence in the UWGB Education Center for First Nations Studies since it opened in 2007. Rich in detailed personal history, Napos will share this first-person narrative with the public, focused not just on his life’s journey, but also that of his family, friends, and First Nations people in general. Filled with loss and discovery, sadness and joy, heartbreak and laughter, it’s a tale that needs to be heard—a quest to reclaim a voice and a culture that was nearly stripped away. This virtual program will livestream on both MPL’s Facebook page ( and YouTube channel, beginning at 6 PM, focusing on the following topics on the following three dates:

  • Tuesday, June 21: Intro & Family History Related to the Boarding School Program
  • Tuesday, July 12: Life in Milwaukee—Discovery & Struggle, Obstacles & Growth
  • Tuesday, August 9: Post-Milwaukee—The Evolution of the Individual

Each installment of this series will consist of a conversation between Napos and MPL staff member, Tim Gadzinski, lasting for approximately an hour, followed by a Q&A session with those attending online. “One Voice, Many Stories” is an incredible opportunity to acquaint yourself with an American history with which you may not be that familiar—or familiar at all. Napos—who is also known by his non-First Nations name, David Turney—is an adjunct instructor at UW-Green Bay in First Nations Studies and teaches classes in Menominee history, culture, and world view. He is a graduate of Native American Education Services College in Chicago with an emphasis in First Nations Studies. Napos is also a member of the Menominee Nation.