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Native American singer/poet to perform Nov. 2

Jack Gladstone
Jack Gladstone, Native American singer/poet

The next installment of the Arts and Music Series will feature the words and music of award-winning performer Jack Gladstone at 8 p.m., Tues., Nov. 2, in the Slusser/Bayzick Building at the campus. The event is free and open to the public.


Regarded as a cultural bridge-builder, Gladstone relates stories of his people told by his grandmother, a member of the Blackfeet nation, to audiences in songs accompanied only by his guitar.


Gladstone’s lyrics, drawn from 15 albums released during a quarter century, take in the breadth of the Blackfeet country around Glacier National Park in Montana where he co-founded a Native America Speaks lecture series. His songs speak of the oneness between people of different cultures, between the physical and the spiritual, between mankind and nature.


While retelling myths, folktales and histories, Gladstone retains the perspective of the Blackfeet and remains the keeper of his grandmother’s stories.


He has traveled as Montana’s troubadour to the Capitol Christmas Tree ceremony, received a human rights award from Montana State University and headlined in performances at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian.


Gladstone also has an honor to which Penn Staters aspire: A Rose Bowl ring won at the University of Washington, which he attended on a football scholarship.


Additional information and music are available at http://www.jackgladstone.com


The next installment of the series is scheduled for Tues., Nov. 9, with the extreme physical performance of PUSH Theatre at 8 p.m. in the Slusser/Bayzick Building.


For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (570) 450-3180.

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