Kim Sigafus McIver

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For our Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, this scholar is fully booked through 2024. 
However, you may book them outside of any Illinois Humanities affiliation using the contact information in the “Booking Information” section below.

An accomplished writer and speaker, Kim Sigafus McIver presents interactive programs about Native culture and history to audiences of all ages across the state. 

Kim believes that education is an ongoing process for everyone, and she enjoys teaching curious listeners about Native culture and history. A returning Road Scholar, she captivates audiences with her stories, knowledge, and Native regalia.

Fully Booked

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

Dressed in her native regalia, Kim gives a history of Natives in Illinois with a focus on Native women, or what was considered “The Hidden Half.” Her primary focus is 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 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.

Program Logistics

The presentation takes approximately 60 minutes, including a Q and A with the audience. Required items include a changing room for the speaker and a table to display items.


Kim Sigafus is an award-winning Ojibwa author who writes Native American fiction, non-fiction, children’s and young adult books. She has presented on native history, food, and music, and has traveled all over the Midwest in her native regalia, bringing native culture to life. Kim’s family is from White Earth Reservation, located in the northwest corner of Minnesota. She sings and drums, as well as crafts dream catchers and Talking Feathers.

Kim owns Quiet Souls, a Native American Inspired Gift store in Freeport, where she offers native presentations several times a year.

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Book this Road Scholar

Follow the steps below to book a presentation.
  1. Contact Kim to schedule a date and time via email at or phone at (815) 297-2293.
  2. Once you and Kim have agreed upon a date and time, complete the online Road Scholars Host Organization application.
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