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Dakota Isanti: Reclaiming Identity


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Dakota Isanti: Reclaiming Identity

  • Two Rivers Gallery 1530 East Franklin Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55404 United States (map)

Please join us on October 7th, from 6-8pm for the opening reception of "Dakota Isanti: Reclaiming Identity" at Two Rivers Gallery, with an artist talk and reading starting at 6:45.

Dakota Isanti: Reclaiming Identity brings together a vibrant cross-section of contemporary Dakota and Lakota artists whose work explores what it means to be Dakota/Lakota in Mni Sota Makoce and in our contemporary world.

The word "Isanti" in Dakota means "people who dwell with the knife, people who dwell by the the knife in the lake and the first friendly people". Mni Sota Makoce are the Dakota Isanti Native homelands and include Bdote, the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers and the areas surrounding this confluence, hence, what is now considered the greater Twin Cities Metropolitan Area.  

Despite facing Manifest Destiny, conquest, and exile from Mni Sota Makoce, the Dakota Isanti maintain ties to this place as home. This exhibit celebrates reclaiming Dakota Isanti identity in what is considered for Dakota people to be a place of genesis--and a place of genocide.

Whether through painting, photography, poetry, or other media, each of the featured artists makes bold statements about Dakota/Lakota identity incorporating traditional values and ways in their art-making and lives.

Food and light beverages will be served.

Earlier Event: September 26
The First Gift
Later Event: October 10
The First Gift