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photograph by Ivy Vainio, Duluth MN
Fall 2016, Oceti Sakowin Camp

Exhibit & Screening Series:  March 11th - May 6th, 2017 

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has created an historic and groundbreaking community of spirituality and resistance at Oceti Sakowin Camp.  This global gathering of indigenous nations and allies has received national attention as they stand strong in peaceful and prayerful protection of water and land against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

People of this sovereign nation have created a home for all that visited and chose to stand with their commitment to stop the DAPL pipeline efforts.  Their efforts continue today as the pipeline is still not completed. Those that stood with Standing Rock have raised our awareness of the sacredness of water and the power of gathering together in changing colonizing attitudes and behavior.

Over the past months, many In Progress artists, friends and family members made the effort to travel and witness the Standing Rock movement.  They came back to In Progress with stories of community and sharing and often a deeper appreciation of traditional values.  These stories affected us, gave us hope, and opened our eyes to the sacrifices of all the water protectors at camp.  The power of peacefully and prayerfully standing together in a unified message is what "Honoring the Protectors" exhibit series is about.

Please join In Progress as we acknowledge the experience of these travelers through their photo and video works, and continue the efforts to educate and raise awareness about Indigenous rights in the United States.

Schedule of Events:  March 11th - May 6th, 2017 

All events take place at In Progress: 213 Front Avenue, Saint Paul MN  55117  DIRECTIONS
photograph by Lucas Reynolds
Fond du Lac Nation, Fall 2016, Oceti Sakowin Camp

OPENING RECEPTION Exhibit

Saturday, March 11th  6-8PM
Meet the artists that contributed artwork to this exhibit.  Find out about their travel, their experiences traveling to Standing Rock and their commitment to water and land protection.  Artists Mary Richardson & Katherina Vang will present about their curatorial process and will introduce the presenting artists.

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WALKING WITH WATER TALK 

Sunday March 19th, 2-4PM
Sharon Day has been walking with water in both ceremony and activism for many years. Before the Standing Rock, before DAPL, she wanted to remind others about the sacredness of water and so she walked.  Hear her story with others as we talk and learn about he sacredness of water.  

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WITNESSING WITHIN THE CIRCLE SCREENING 

Saturday April 1st 6-8PM
What does it mean to document history from the inside?  Over the past year, mainstream media has been providing a narrative about Standing Rock to the public that leaves out the intimate stories of indigenous history, practiced values and community.  Artists Tiana LaPointe & Binesikwe Means will present a series of documentary shorts reflective of these experience and facilitate a discussion about the role of indigenous filmmakers as historians.

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WATER STORIES SCREENING 

Saturday April 8th 6-8PM

Water is sacred.  It is our existence.  Water Stories presents a series of video shorts that honor water and help raise awareness regarding its vital connection to our existence.  Artists Tiana LaPointe & Binesikwe Means will facilitate a discussion about the role of indigenous filmmakers as protectors of the environment, culture and ceremony

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THE WAY OF THE DRUM TALK (tentative)

Sunday April 9th  2-4PM

Red Lake Nation is home to many Anishinaabe drum groups.  These singers are often instrumental in offering healing songs to families in their most challenging times.  In this nation, the lake provides many of the singers with their ceremonial songs.  It is a powerful relationship.  Artist and filmmaker Karen Barrett  will present excerpts from a documentary she and the Vision+Makers are producing about the drum and its traditional role in healing communities.

ANCESTRAL WAYS STAMP ART 

Sunday April 30th 2-4PM

In a movement where signs and banners have come to stand for the voice of many, it is important to understand the value of public arts and activism. Indigenous Roots is an arts organization that embodies the vitality and tenacity of indigenous identities and life ways.  Members of this group will lead participants through a hands on screen printing process teaching the art of public expression.

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CLOSING RECEPTION Exhibit

Saturday May 6th   6-8PM

Please join us for a reflective discussion with presenting artists and curators for the Honoring The Protectors Series. We will look back on what we have learned, and talk about how the practice of care continues.

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photograph by Ivy Vainio, Duluth MN
Fall 2016, Oceti Sakowin Camp
The Honoring The Protectors Exhibit is made possible by the artists of NEXUS, a professional development program for self taught artists.  We want to thank the McKnight Foundation and the MN State Arts Board Arts Learning Program for supporting this creative learning opportunity.

In Progress is a 2016 recipient of an Arts Learning grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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