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Nez Perce Elder and Author to Speak at Albertson College


Nez Perce elder Horace Axtell, author of the memoir A Little Bit of Wisdom: Conversations of a Nez Perce Elder (written with the assistance of Margo Aragon and published in 1998) will make a presentation about his book on Sunday, July 17, 7:30 p.m., at Albertson College of Idaho's Langroise Center Recital Hall. The event, made possible in part by a grant to the Idaho Humanities Council from the National Endowment for the Humanities "We the People" Program, is free and open to the public.

Axtell's presentation will be the keynote of the Idaho Humanities Council's weeklong institute for Idaho teachers exploring Native American literature. Axtell will be joined by Dr. Jan Johnson, assistant professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Idaho. Johnson will conduct an on-stage interview of Axtell.

Axtell's memoir is the first by a member of the Nez Perce tribe to be published in more than 50 years and tells the story of Axtell's growing up in Lapwai and his experience of living in two worlds. In the memoir, Axtell reflects on his experiences with racism, his experience as a World War II veteran, his time spent in the Idaho State Penitentiary in the 1950s, his years as a mill worker in Lewiston, his practice of the Seven Drum religion, and his role as a tribal elder, historian, religious leader, Nez Perce language teacher and mentor.

Axtell has traveled the U.S., talking about Nez Perce culture and Native American issues. He has also been a cultural interpreter and tribal historian for various scholars, documentary filmmakers, and those interested in Nez Perce traditions. In 2002, Axtell was honored by the Idaho Humanities Council with the Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities. Currently, Axtell is working once more with Margo Aragon, translating Nez Perce primers from the 1840s.

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Audition for the Show

On July 16 and 17, from 2 to 4 p.m., Spontaneous Productions will be holding auditions for their sixth annual production of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show.

What they're looking for are 13 to 15 dancing, singing actors (that's six men, three women, and four to six parts to be filled by men or women) to complete the show. Those auditioning should be ready to read from the script and do some singing, but an accompanist or prepared piece isn't required.

Spontaneous Productions' auditions will be held at Great Beginnings Childcare, 715 S. Latah St. (corner of Latah and Cassia), Boise. For more information, contact director Ian Taylor at 387-3534 or 363-7053.