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Robert Pirner, lecturer in Native American Studies at West Virginia University, will present the interactive discussion "Native Wisdom: Lessons from the Elders and the Land" at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville. The program, timed to coincide with Native American Heritage Month, is free and open to the public.

Pirner's program will present the "Lakota Way of Life," which he learned from the people of the Spring Creek Community on the Rosebud Lakota Reservation in South Dakota. His talk will touch upon the art, politics, history, religion, social problems and culture of the Lakota people.

A self-described family man, small-town guy, nonprofit executive and mentor, Pirner grew up and lived for more than 30 years in the Spring Creek Community, one of the last traditional Lakota communities. He is one of approximately 6,000 speakers of the Lakota language. Members of his community, including medicine men Leonard Crow Dog, Joe Eagle Elk and Chief Eagle Feather, have been the subjects of several books.

Pirner has developed and taught numerous courses for the Native American studies program at WVU.

The 2012 lecture and film series continues Dec. 27 with the showing of a documentary film, "Poverty Point Earthworks: Evolutionary Milestones of the Americas." One of the few archaeological and historic sites in North American that is a state historic site and national monument, the Poverty Point site in northeast Louisiana was home to one of the most important prehistoric cultures on the continent.

For information about the lecture and film series, which is held in conjunction with the Upper Ohio Valley Chapter of the West Virginia Archaeological Society, contact David Rotenizer, site manager at Grave Creek Mound, at 304-843-4128.