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Shaping a Vision for Owámniyomni, St. Anthony Falls

Shaping a Vision for Owámniyomni, St. Anthony Falls

Collage by GGN for Friends of the Falls & NACDI. Community Conversation #5: A Powerful Place for Partnerships. Image by Drew Arrieta for Friends of the Falls & NACDI. By Amanda Wigen, Friends of the Falls Long before they were claimed as “St. Anthony’s,” the Falls were the beating heart of Indigenous societies. Called Owámniyomni, or “turbulent waters,” by the Dakota, the Falls cascaded over a 50-foot limestone drop on Haha Wakpa (the Mississippi River) and roiled through now-submerged islands at their base. Dakota and other Indigenous people came to Owámniyomni for ceremony and to Spirit Island, a sacred place destroyed by industrialization, to give birth. When the Upper Lock on Minneapolis’ Central Riverfront closed to commercial navigation in 2015, an opportunity emerged to reimagine this historic and culturally significant landscape. What could we do with this massive structure - which in many ways is a symbol of the desecration of this place - that sits adjacent to the Falls? A non-profit organization called Friends of the Falls was formed to create a place of healing and celebration at Owámniyomni. Friends of the Falls partnered with the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) to advise on engagement efforts with Indigenous communities and to ensure that The Falls Initiative would be centered on Native voices. The entities consulted with Dakota tribal leadership and convened the Native Partnership Council to steer the process. The Partnership Council is a group of elders, culture keepers, artists, and water protectors that meet regularly, setting guiding principles and next steps for the project. Rather than aspiring to build a visitors center or a major monument on the site, there is consensus that what needs to be acknowledged and honored through The Falls Initiative is the suppressed Indigenous history of this place and the River herself. In early 2022, Friends of the Falls and NACDI launched [...]

All My Relations Gallery debuts Frank Big Bear

All My Relations Gallery debuts Frank Big Bear

The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) celebrates the All My Relations Gallery Grand Opening with an exhibit of never-before-seen paintings by master artist Frank Big Bear. Reception and Celebration January 21,  5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., at All My Relations Gallery, 1414 East Franklin Avenue, Mpls. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11-6, p.m. Weekends 11-3, p.m. --located in the heart of the American Indian Cultural Corridor, the very neighborhood where Frank Big Bear lived while creating his prolific body of important early work.  FREE and open to the public. Frank Big Bear Paintings””“From the Rez, to the Hood, to the Lake”, presents vivid canvasses by Frank Big Bear, recipient of the Bush Foundation Enduring Visions Award, among other honors.  Never-before-seen acrylic paintings, created by this Ojibwe artist best known for his surreal and detailed color pencil drawings, make their debut with this exhibit. Running from January 21, to February 28, 2011,. Frank Big Bear Paintings is made possible through support of the McKnight Foundation, Target, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Compass/Medtronic, Rosemary H. & David F. Good Family Foundation and in cooperation with Bockley Gallery. All My Relations Arts is a ten-year old arts program at Ancient Traders Gallery  until 2010 when it became an initiative of NACDI Info or tours: contact Elizabeth Day eday@nacdi.org, 612-235-4970

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