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Muskrat and Skunk

June 7, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Story Time with Uŋči & Lalá is a free public program that brings American Indian history to life through books read by elders from the local community.  The program is geared toward elementary-age children, but children young and old are welcome.  Each week features a different story, and children are invited to participate in a take-home art project or activity following the reading of the story.

Story Time is held in the Museum Bookstore every week on Tuesday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. during the months of June and July.

Today our story is Muskrat and Skunk: A Lakota Drum Story by Donald F. Montileaux. Join in on the fun!


Animals stop and listen. A new sound is in the forest. The beat vibrates through the trees and across the meadows. What is it? Where is it coming from?

Muskrat and Skunk thump on a hollow log—BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! Birds begin to dance. Buffalo and Antelope join in. There is a rustle in the bushes; a large shape emerges. The animals scatter. Muskrat and Skunk drum on.

The story of the drum connects the instrument’s sound to the heartbeat of Mother Earth—a beat inside all of us. For the Lakota people, the drum is more than something to be played. Its rhythm is felt, and it is central to many ceremonies.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration is recommended for large groups.
Service pets welcome.
For more information call 800.798.3452 or email aktalakota@stjo.org


June 7, 2022
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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