Walter Echo-Hawk: The Sea of Grass: A Family Tale from the American Heartland. Echo-Hawk will discuss his latest book, The Sea Of Grass. This historical novel is a “Native American Version” of Alex Haley’s Roots, in which Echo-Hawk chronicles the lives and times of ten generations of jis Pawnee Indian family in the Central Plains of America. Echo-Hawk explains why he wrote about his roots, how he researched his family and tribal history, and the methods he used to write a culturally-derived story about his ancestors. Then, he will give selected readings from The Sea Of Grass. The lecture will interest and inspire students of contemporary Native American literature, indigenous culture, American history and religious studies. Afterward, the author will be available to autograph books for interested readers. This event is sponsored by the Dean of Arts and Humanities, the Department of Native American Studies and the Hutchins School of Liberal Arts.