November 06, 2015 3:15PM
Pittsburg State University’s Office of Student Diversity will Celebrate Native American History Month by welcoming musician, artist and lecturer Bill Miller to the campus. Miller will speak and perform on guitar and Native American flute at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, in the Governors Room of the Overman Student Center. Admission is free.
Miller is a three-time Grammy Award winner and an accomplished artist whose paintings are exhibited across the U.S. in places like the National Museum of the American Indian and the American Indian Community House Gallery in New York.
Miller’s long recording career includes such landmark albums as “Loon Mountain And Moon,” “Red Road,” “Reservation Road,” “Raven In The Snow ,” “Ghost Dance,” “The Art Of Survival,” “The Last Stand,” “Chronicles of Hope,” “Spirit Wind East,” and “Spirit Rain and Cedar Dream Songs.”
The son of Mohican-German parents, Miller grew up amid the streams and woodlands of the reservation in northern Wisconsin. At the age of 12, he got his first guitar and with music, discovered a way out of the entrenched poverty of the reservation.
Today, Miller is in high demand as a speaker and lecturer on issues of race relations and cultural awareness.
“My faith in my creator leaves me content with the gifts I have," he said of the message he shares with audiences, "and I use them to enrich the world through His blessings. I choose to bless people rather than curse them, to be a peacemaker rather than a warmaker.”