Lakota Emergence Art Exhibit
October 3 – 31, 2017
Open 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Saturday and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Sundays (tours available by appointment, contact Mary Job to schedule, 226.9802)
Dakota Room at Presentation Convent, 1500 N. Second Street, Aberdeen, SD
Admission is FREE
Aberdeen, SD is gaining a gem for the month of October. The Presentation Sisters will be hosting a traveling “Lakota Emergence” art exhibit in partnership with the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies. The exhibit will be free to the public in the Dakota Room at Presentation Convent and combines Native American art with passages of a traditional story narrating the emergence of the Lakota in the Black Hills of South Dakota. A goal of the exhibit is to share with the community to help teach children and adults this traditional story.
The exhibit presents the traditional belief that the ancestors of the Lakota people emerged to this world through what is now known as Wind Cave in southwest South Dakota. It divides the story into 16 passages, combining each with an artwork created by a Lakota artist specifically for this project.
Lakotas are one of three divisions of Native Americans that the French referred to as the Sioux. The division involves seven tribal nations in the northern Great Plains
“We do a lot of work trying to mitigate racism, and so, one idea was to do an exhibit not with that as its intention but with that as a possible outcome,” said Craig Howe, executive director of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies. “The hope is that people are excited about this narrative. It is linked to a particular shared place in our state, the Black Hills. All of us know that landscape, Indians and non-Indians. The exhibit foregrounds this traditional narrative about that place.”
An online version of the exhibit may also be viewed at: http://www.nativecairns.org/CAIRNS/Emergence_Vignettes.html
For more information:
Sister Mary Thomas