University Forum Lecture: The Power of Stories in American Indian Traditions


Mar. 15, 2018, 7:30pm to 9pm

Office/Remote Location



The College of Liberal Arts' University Forum lecture series presents "The Power of Stories in American Indian Traditions" a talk by Donald Fixico, Distinguished Professor of History, Arizona State University.

At the end of telling a story, Mvskoke Creeks and Seminoles often say “Hvmakimata,” meaning “That’s What They Used To Say.” Stories are powerful and, when told in American Indian oral traditions, they enlighten us about the reality and surrealism of the indigenous past and present. Stories invite listeners “inside the lodge”; a feeling of togetherness as the storyteller talks about creation myths, Coyote the trickster, legendary warriors, spirits, ghosts, prophecies and humor. Seven stories are shared that tell us about indigenous worldviews where physical and metaphysical realities come together as one.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information

College of Liberal Arts

Event Sponsor

Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Liberal Arts' Dean's Leadership Board, and the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art.

Co-Sponsored by the American Indian Alliance, and UNLV’s Departments of History, Anthropology, and Interdisciplinary, Gender, & Ethnic Studies