Dr. Ellesa Clay High to speak at Folklife Center

Friday, September 21, 2018

On Tuesday, September 25, at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Ellesa Clay High will talk about Native Americans in modern Appalachia at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University.  Dr. High's presentation is part of the Diversity in Appalachia Lecture Series supported by the West Virginia Humanities Council.  

Dr. High is an Associate Professor Emerita at West Virginia University, where she taught for over 30 years. She was a founding member and past Coordinator of the Native American Studies Program, leading the campus Peace Tree ceremony every year. Her best known published work is Past Titan Rock: Journeys into an Appalachian Valley (U Press of KY), and her creative nonfiction, poetry and scholarly writing has appeared in anthologies, journals and magazines across the nation.

Presently, Dr. High is chairperson of the WV Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) and a member of the Commission on Religion and Race, both part of the WV Conference of the United Methodist Church. A Cherokee descendant, she also is active in a Shawnee community in West Virginia and Ohio.

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University is dedicated to the identification, preservation, and perpetuation of our region's rich cultural heritage.  The Diversity in Appalachia Lecture Series is supported by a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For additional information, call the Folklife Center at 304-367-4403.

For additional information about the Diversity in Appalachia Lecture Series, contact the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at 304-367-4403.