Savage Conversations / Crooked Hallelujahs

Sep 21, 2020, 7:00 pm

The Multicultural Inclusion Center at Dixie State University is excited to host Native Herstories, a reading and Q&A with LeAnne Howe and Kelli Jo Ford.

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May 1875: Mary Todd Lincoln is addicted to opiates and tried in a Chicago court on charges of insanity. Entered into evidence is Ms. Lincoln’s claim that every night a Savage Indian enters her bedroom and slashes her face and scalp. She is swiftly committed to Bellevue Place Sanitarium. Her hauntings may be a reminder that in 1862, President Lincoln ordered the hanging of thirty-eight Dakotas in the largest mass execution in United States history. No one has ever linked the two events—until now. Savage Conversations is a daring account of a former first lady and the ghosts that tormented her for the contradictions and crimes on which this nation is founded.


Crooked Hallelujah is an intricate, soulful look at four generations of Cherokee women pushed (in Philip Larkin's phrase) to the side of their own lives. At turns gripping and moving, Kelli Jo Ford's characters and the Oklahoma and Texas landscape take center stage in a truly modern drama. Ford sidesteps the easy tropes of spirituality and connection to nature and has created a modern masterpiece peopled with complex, fully-realized characters. A huge achievement.

This event is made possible with support from Dixie State University, the Book Bungalow, and Utah Humanities.

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202 W 300 N
Salt Lake City , UT 84103-1108
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Event Contact:

Mike Nelson