Bussell To Address Dispelling Myths About Native Americans

March 01, 2006 at 8:35 PM

       Dennis Bussell of DuBois, co-steward of Integrated World Arts Inc., will present, Dispelling Myths About Native Americans,” at the March 14 meeting of the DuBois Area Historical Society. The program is free and open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. in E. D. Reitz Museum , 30 West Long Ave., DuBois.

       Bussell is of Cherokee descent and was raised around traditional Native American culture, giving him a wide knowledge of Native American art forms, customs, and ceremonies. His passion for culture also extends to Eastern culture, where he has studied various Chinese and Korean arts for over 25 years. He holds the rank of 3 rd Dan black belt in Tae Kwan Do and a black slash in Wing Tsun Gung Fu. He also holds certification in Ropes Course Facilitation and adventure based learning activities. He also has a passion for motivational speaking, specifically speaking to at-risk youth.

       Bussell along with his wife, Terah, are co-stewards of Integrated World Arts Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of the importance of preserving the arts and making quality arts education available. The organization collaborates with universities, private agencies, preschools, public schools, scout groups, healing centers, church groups, youth groups, and others to encourage preservation by promoting arts awareness and appreciation. This has been done through various classes, seminars, workshops, demonstrations, performances, retreats, and various other activities.

       The organization is currently working on becoming a federally recognized non-profit organization. This will enable the organization to reach more people. Programs are currently offered in Erie , Cochranton, Clarion, Brookville, Reynoldsville, DuBois, and Clearfield .

       Upcoming DuBois Area Historical Society programs are: April 20 – Rev. Robert Henry, “Early American Pattern Glass,” to be held at the Falls Creek Presbyterian Church; and May 24 – Galen Kilmer, “DuBois Area High School Local History Projects.” All programs are free, at 7:30 p.m. in the E.D. Reitz Museum , 30 W. Long Ave., DuBois, unless otherwise indicated.

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