Dakota Conference: Religion and Spirituality in the Northern Plains

Mathó Pahá [Bear Butte], Courtesy South Dakota Tourism

Mathó Pahá [Bear Butte], Courtesy South Dakota Tourism

Event Details


Date: April 21 - April 22, 2017

Location: The Center for Western Studies

The 49th annual Dakota Conference on Northern Plains History, Literature, Art and Archaeology, set for April 21-22 at the Center for Western Studies will examine the variety of religious expression in the region, both historical and contemporary. Religious practices evolve over time, but Native Americans have had to struggle to maintain their spiritual traditions since early contact. Yet today the vision quest, pipe ceremony, sweat lodge, and peyotism continue to be practiced by Plains Indians. The conference seeks to explore ways in which religious practice among Plains Indians has persisted and changed.

Learn more about the Dakota Conference and its theme.

Autograph Party for Authors

The Northern Plains Autograph Party will be held on Saturday, April 22, in conjunction with the conference.

  • The conference schedule will be available in March.
  • Register today.
    • By April 14: Registration is $45 for the two-day event. Separate Meal Package (including Friday lunch and dinner and Saturday lunch) is $45.
    • After April 14: Registration will be $50 and the Meal Package will be $50.
    • Registration is free for full-time undergraduate students of any college or university and for Augustana University faculty and staff, courtesy Mellon Fund Committee.
  • For lodging information, visit www.augie.edu/lodging.

The Dakota Conference is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.