Mohican Songs of the Spirit with Bill Miller

Date(s) - 04/05/2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art


Mohican Songs of the Spirit is a mash up of hymn sing, jam session, homecoming, discussion, and reunion.

In the early 1800s, the Stockbridge Mohicans accepted the invitation of Miami Indians to settle in what is now Indiana but were soon displaced by waves of white settlers. This richly collaborative event among scholars, tribal members, and musicians is a celebration and revival of Mohican language, song, and culture. It is both a homecoming and remembrance of displacement that will highlight the history of the Mohican people—and the work done to preserve this history—with a short panel discussion followed by a performance by Grammy-winning Stockbridge Mohican artist and musician Bill Miller. Miller’s soulful music has moved audiences for decades, most recently with his tracks for the album Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited. During Mohican Songs of the Spirit, Miller will debut new music set to hymn lyrics written in the Mohican language centuries ago by Mohicans affiliated with German missionaries.

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Presented by IUPUI Department of Religious Studies, Eiteljorg Museum, Spirit & Place, IUPUI American Indian Programs and Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission.