Greeno shows artifacts to KiwanisNorman Winkelman introduced Rollie Greeno to speak at the Kiwanis noon luncheon meeting at the Lantern Room Dec. 22. Greeno graduated from college in Aberdeen, S.D.
Norman Winkelman introduced Rollie Greeno to speak at the Kiwanis noon luncheon meeting at the Lantern Room Dec. 22. Greeno graduated from college in Aberdeen, S.D. His first coaching job was 100 miles south at Wessington Springs in South Dakota followed by 37 years of coaching and teaching Indian Studies at Jamestown College, 100 miles north of Aberdeen.
To be a teacher in either North Dakota or South Dakota, it was required to have training in Indian culture. And so it was that thousands of students have been in his classes. Greeno collected many artifacts in the early years, and students also added to his collection. He has a display at the National Buffalo Museum, but he saved the best to show to groups when he speaks. As he spoke he passed items around to be examined by each one and answered questions. He showed the scapula of a buffalo once used as a hoe, arrowheads, pieces of pottery, and pipes made from pipestone (found only at Pipestone, Minn.) He has a knife made from quartzite that is found only in the Bijou Hills south of Chamberlin, S.D. He showed a flat stone smooth on one side and a design on the other side used as heads or tails for a game. He has many more things at his home which he is willing to show and talk about.
President-elect Galen Rasmussen presided at the meeting, Sharon and Don Caine led the group singing and Jim Lees collected Happy Dollars for the Salvation Army. Don Bentz brought an article from The Forum about a Christmas time on the battlefield of World War II related by Warren Bettenhausen, a former James-town resident.
Rasmussen is in charge of the program at the Jan. 5 Kiwanis noon meeting at the Lantern Room.