Take a book journey through Scotland, England and Ireland with Wally Johnson 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27 “I plan to explain the subject by describing the literature that we have in the library as a resource to take others on a journey where they will be able to better understand life, literature and culture from a distant time and place as it affects our life here in Cody today,” said Wally. He has just returned from a pilgrimage to the United Kingdom visiting Isles Iona, Scotland and Lindisfarne, Northumbria. Wally is a student of Irish native law known as “Brehon Law” and religion in medieval communities.
7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in Grizzly Hall. “Aftermath: The Pragmatic Challenges of Restoring the Cultural Heritage of Plains Indians in the Big Horn Basin,” is free and open to the public. For the fourth annual seminar regarding the significance of Heart Mountain to the Crow tribe and the wider public audience, elder Grant Bulltail will be joined by academic experts. More Info
“Making Space Sacred: Plains Indian Culture and the Land of the Big Horn Basin,” 2012, was also underwritten by the Wyoming Council of the Humanities (From left) Archaeologist and anthropologist, Larry Loendorf and Peter Nabokov who talked about native vision quest sites including the Medicine Wheel, UW professor Mary Keller, with panelists Grant Bulltail, historian, Pipe Lighter and retired Plains Indian Museum Curator Emma Hansen.
We have lost a friend, a colleague, a mentor.
Janet Meury, who was Powell Branch Library manager for many years, passed away late Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in Helena, Montana. She had been living there near her son and his family, including her twin granddaughters, truly the delight of Janet’s life. We shall miss Janet, but we treasure all the memories she provided with her calm, strong, reserved, graceful, loving, caring, thoughtful…(the list goes on forever, really) ways.
Please visit a link to photos from her retirement party on our Flickr account for some bittersweet memories.
Here is one of Janet’s poems.
Here in the mind of my life, where the wind
is steady on high blond rocks, a canyon
whose river flows green around fallen gray
boulders, in an afternoon warm as rockface light —
Here I will hold you, at arm’s length
hold you, your face tan as sandstone, its glow
under your straw-brimmed hat. Solid
on the sure curves of your runner’s calves,
standing at ease, and your eyes the color
of that rim of clear air at the canyon’s edge.
I will hold you here, free in the peace of
long stone dreams, just here and warm and letting go,
always letting go–and always, too, coming together
tight in a hug that smiles down the long
canyon of my life, my birth, where my self dreams,
granite under the fingers of the wind and sun.
7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in Grizzly Hall. Aftermath: The Pragmatic Challenges of Restoring the Cultural Heritage of Plains Indians in the Big Horn Basin is fourth in a series of seminars about the significance of Heart Mountain to the Crow and all the people who live here.
Dr. Meister’s book After Evil (Columbia University Press, 2011) brings to light the unsettling and unsettled issues of the benefits accrued by the dominant culture and proposes ways to imagine responses to the aftermath of violent conquest that befit our justice system. Political philosopher, Robert Meister, Ph.D., Professor of Social Sciences and Political Thought at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will frame the local story against a larger backdrop of American justice. Please see summary of After Evil.
Tuesday, July 22, 2-3 p.m. in Grizzly Hall
Jay Ward will show a 35 minute DVD chronicling the four year development of the landfill. “Anyone who contributes trash should view this program to gain an understanding of what is being done on their behalf,” said Jay.
The DVD will be added to the library collection.