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Three Voices has been rescheduled to perform at Devils Tower National Monument on Sunday, August 20th. Their program, Speaking From the Past, will begin at 8:00 p.m. at the Devils Tower Amphitheatre. Through story and song, Geraldine (Jerry) Goes In Center, Lilah Pengra, and Joyce Jefferson voice the hopes, fears, beliefs and values of their Lakota, Euro-American, and Afro-American foremothers. The intent is to portray the emotional currents culminating in the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890. After the performance, the audience is invited to participate in an open discussion about the conflicting historical accounts of events surrounding the massacre and the continuing impact of cultural differences on relationships today.

Geraldine Goes In Center, Oglala Lakota, and her parents Eva and Nathaniel Witt are from the Lip’s (Pute) Camp Tiospaye (Wamblee SD). She prides herself on being Ina to four strong daughters and Unci of two beautiful Takojas, a granddaughter and grandson. She served in the US Army from 1974-1982. Jerry earned a BS in Human Service and a minor in counseling from Oglala Lakota College. She is a published writer and has self-published two booklets: Jokes Heard around the Rez and Lakota Reci¬pes. She recently started her own busi¬ness making and providing Buffalo Wasna and also giving presentations on Lakota food.

Lilah Pengra earned a doctorate in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She operates a one-woman business, Multicultural Consulting Services, giving workshops in Australia, Canada, and the United States to teach human service providers how to provide culturally appropriate, values-based services. She presents programs for the SD Humanities Council Speakers Bureau about the social construction of disability in American culture. Pengra published a book, Your Values, My Values: Multicultural Services In Developmental Disabilities, Baltimore, MD: Paul Brookes Publishing, 2000 and wrote the labels and study guide for “Corporals, Cooks, and Cowboys: African Americans in the Black Hills.”

Joyce Jefferson earned a BS in English at Black Hills State University. She calls her business, Joyce Jefferson Creates Stories in Song. Her “stories in song” rise from her personal experiences and research about African Americans in Black Hills history. She is both a SD Humanities Council Independent scholar and an artist with the SD Arts Council "Artists In Schools" and Touring Artist programs. Jefferson mounted the photographic exhibition “Corporals, Cooks, and Cowboys: African Americans in the Black Hills” at the Journey Museum in 2000.

For more information on this and other programs at Devils Tower National Monument, visit or call 307-467-5283 x 635.


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