Singing Bird and the Importance of Native American Women in Illinois History

A Road Scholar Program by Kim Sigafus

Kim Sigafus headshot

Dressed in her native regalia, Kim will be giving a history of the natives in Illinois with a focus on native women, or what was considered “The Hidden Half.” 

Her primary focus will be women such as Singing Bird (Blackhawk’s wife), and Hononegah.

Kim will bring the audience into these women’s day-to-day lives, including courting, marriage, and child-rearing. 

She will also talk about their role in their husbands’ lives, and how those lives affected the history of Illinois.

Kim will bring native items that women would have used in their daily lives, as she discusses the role women played within the family unit. 

The audience will be able to pick up and view the items, learn native language and music, and get the chance to play the drum in this interactive experience.

Kim Sigafus photo by Bill Delp Studio

photo by Bill Delp Studio

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Betsye Stinson at

Learn more about Kim Sigafus, this program, and how to book it here.

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