A Tree Without Roots

“A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture
is like a tree without roots.” ~Marcus Garvey

Dear friends,
Our un-conference last June, “Seeing the Elephant” brought together many differentworkshop folks from our community to participate in conversation, debate and reflection around the question “Does my world look different from yours? One of the most engaging conversations was Dr. Udo Fluck session around “cultural identity” and it has continued to interest many in the months since. At their request, Dr. Udo Fluck and I are teaming up to offer a follow-up event that would have “cultural identity” as its central topic for presentations, discussions and community participation. Cultural Identity, a person’s self-conception and self-perception, is related to nationality, ethnicity, religion, social class, generation, locality or any kind of social group that has its own distinct culture. Everyone has a cultural identity. In fact, you may have many “tribes” you belong to. Knowing where you come from gives us a sense of self.

Dr. Fluck is the new director of Global and Cultural Affairs at Arts Missoula and we are thrilled to know our city is forward thinking-enough to know the importance of cultural competence. Spend the morning with us this Saturday to explore your tribe and learn about others — 9 am-12 noon in the Payne Native American Center. The event is free — all you need to bring is your curiosity and presence — and there will be light breakfast items provided…Betsy