Community Calendar August 2013


Aug. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,

Adventures in Nature: Atlatl

The atlatl is an ancient hunting device used by the Native people of the area before the bow and arrow. Considered a symbol of power, it was used for thousands of years. There are many atlatl petroglyphs carved into the Sioux Quartzite at the site. During this program learn how to use an atlatl while trying to “hunt” a life-size buffalo target. While at the site, view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them on guided tours at 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m. Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey MN. Fee: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members. For more info, call 507-628-5591.

Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27

Indigenous Music and Movies in the Park Series

Indigenous Music and Movies in the Park Series‚ a Free Family Event – Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Eat with Dream of Wild Health or pack your own picnic basket. Bring a date, bring your kids, and take in the view of the Minneapolis downtown skyline as you enjoy Indigenous Music and Movies at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park. Concerts begin at 7 pm; movies begin at dusk. Indigenous musicians, artists, filmmakers, producers and actors will be showcased this summer in a four-part music and movies series at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park in Minneapolis. The series is hosted by the First Nations Composer Initiative, and Dream of Wild Health, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Various Community Artists will showcase their work, with an Information Alley from community programs showcasing their work in the community. dian musicians.      Emceeing the event this year will be Denise Nelson (Spirit Lake, Dakota). Take place on the banks of the Mississippi River and highlight the St. Anthony Falls area which was and is sacred to the Dakota. For more info, see The band and movies playing are listed below:

• Aug. 6: Music: Sonny Johnson (Genre: Rock & Roll). Movie: Up Heartbreak Hill.

• Aug. 13: Music: Scatter Their Own (Genre: Rock). Movie: Harold of Orange. Movie: Games of the North.

• Aug.  20: Music: The Peoples Chariot (Genre: Folk Punk). Movie: Urban Rez.

• Aug.  27: Music: Tall Paul. Music: Chase Manhattan (Genre: HipHop).

Aug. 8

A talk by David Martinez

The Land Tells Us Who We Are: Manifest Destiny and the Indigenous Aesthetics of Resistance: A talk by David Martinez. 6:30-7:45 pm at the Pohlad Auditorium at Minneapolis Central Library. Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce a talk by David Martinez entitled “The Land Tells Us Who We Are: Manifest Destiny and the Indigenous Aesthetics of Resistance.” The talk is taking place in conjunction with the exhibition Transmissions: Contemporary American Indian Art 2003-2013 on view at the Minneapolis Central Library’s Cargill Hall. Martinez (Gila River Pima) is an associate professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University. He is the author of Dakota Philosopher: Charles Eastman and American Indian Thought (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2009) and the editor of The American Indian Intellectual Tradition: An Anthology of Writings from 1772 to 1972 (Cornell University Press, 2011). He has also published in the field of American Indian art history, including articles on George Morrison, Dan Namingha, Jim Denomie, and a forthcoming article on Douglas Miles, founder of Apache Skateboards. Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, Noon to 5 pm. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st Street (west of Lake of the Isles, near Franklin), Minneapolis. For more info, call 612- 377-4669.

Aug. 8-9

Live It! Youth & Family Training

Live It! is a teen pregnancy prevention and sex education curriculum. Designed for American Indians by American Indians, it is a culturally specific program for youth and the adults in their lives. The Live It! Youth curriculum is designed for adolescents, ages 11-18. The Live It! Family curriculum highlights strategies for parents to raise healthy families. Both curriculums detail the basic physiological and emotional development we each go through before, during and after adolescence, along with cultural, artistic, and self-reflective exercises. Live It! training is for those who are interested in becoming a Live It! Facilitator for their school or organization. (Examples: Youth Workers/Teachers/Health Providers etc.) This is a Required 2-Day Training to become a certified LI Facilitator & will include: Training with Live It! Youth and Family curriculums; Step by step information on becoming a Live It! site; Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Division of Indian Work, 1001 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN. For more info or to RSVP, contact: Shanah Regguinti at 612-279-6353. Presented by the Division of Indian Work with support from the ?Minnesota Department of Health and the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health.

Aug. 13

Culture/Language Camp Coming for Youth of Red Lake Nation

The Red Lake Nation will host their first Ojibwe Language and Culture Camp for youth. The camp will be at the Round House in Ponemah, near the Point, home to nearly 2/3 of the remaining fluent Ojibwemowin speakers in the United States. Youth will participate in canoeing, scavenger hunts, Ojibwe bingo, mocassin games, tobacco pouch making, and plant identification to compliment traditional Anishinaabe teachings, and Ojibwe language programs. Staff from the Red Lake Chemical Health Programs, Economic Development & Planning, and Boys & Girls Club, along with fluent Ojibwemowin speakers, will staff the camp. For more information, contact Tom Barrett, Sr. at 218-679-3392.

Aug. 14

TruthToTell: Community Connections to Broadcast LIVE Forum on White Earth Constitution

In concert with production partner KKWE/Niijii Radio, TruthToTell and CivicMedia/Minnesota travel west to the White Earth Reservation to air/televise the 7th in the serie LIVE Community Connections forums on critical Minnesota issues. This a debate on the meaning and impacts of a proposed new home rule constitution to be voted on by White Earth Nation tribal members this fall. All area residents are welcome to attend. Panelists will include White Earth Tribal Chair Erma Vizenor, opposition leaders Michael Dahl and Sharon Mitchell, and Attorney Terry Janis, Bush-funded facilitator of the Constitutional referendum. Also joining the conversation will be White Earth Tribal Member, Winona LaDuke and Ojibwe lawyer, Frank Bibeau. The show will air live at 7:00 pm Aug. 14 on KFAI (FM 90.3/106.7/streamed at in the Twin Cities and KKWE/Niijii Radio, White Earth, and on other public stations. TruthToTell’s regular air slot at 9:00 am Labor Day Monday on KFAI, and on television at 8:00 pm August 19 on SPNN St. Paul Cable Channel 19, and MTN Minneapolis Cable Channel 16. More information can be found at

Aug. 15

Shakopee Mdewakanton Dance Exhibition

Visitors to Mall of America will have the opportunity to watch Native American singers and dancers perform a free exhibition in the Rotunda at Mall of America. This exhibition of dancers from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) and other Indian tribes from throughout the United States is a preview of the annual SMSC Wacipi (powwow), which runs August 16-18 at the SMSC Wacipi Grounds in Shakopee. Both the exhibition and Wacipi are open to the public. 2 pm and 5 pm. A master of ceremony will explain to the crowd what is happening, and Northern and Southern drum groups will sing traditional songs specific to each style of dance.    At 3:30 pm., a program to honor veterans will feature the story of veterans and the importance of their military service. All veterans in attendance will be invited to participate. Visitors will also be able to visit a traditional Dakota tipi on display in the Sears Court of Mall of America during the exhibition. For more info, see: or

Ends Aug. 24

Transmissions: Contemporary American Indian Art

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Transmissions:  Contemporary American Indian Art 2003-2013 on view at the Minneapolis Central Library’s (MCL) Cargill Hall. Organized by Bockley Gallery in collaboration with MCL, Transmissions features work by the Ojibwe artists Ahmoo Angeconeb, Frank Big Bear, Star Wallowing Bull, Jim Denomie, Pat and Gage Kruse, and the Lakota artist Francis Yellow. Exploring a variety of media and styles, the seven artists all live and work in Minnesota, except  Angeconeb who resides in northern Ontario, Canada. Transmissions honors and gives visibility to the deep and varied talent of seven artists. Transmissions: Contemporary American Indian Art 2003-2013  exhibit will run thru August 24th at Cargill Hall, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. For info:


Thru Aug. 25

Artists Who Come From Lac Courte Oreilles

Exhibit: Mezinibii‚Auigejig Wenjbaawaad  Odaawaa Zaaga Aoiganing, Artists Who Come From Lac Courte Oreilles. Featuring Artists: Sylvia Bracklin, Nicole Carley, Gordon Coons, Tim Coons, Cindy Kirk, Camille Lacapa and George Perry. Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri 10 am – 6 pm, Sat 10 am – 4 pm, Sun 10 am – 2 pm, Mon closed. Aug 3rd make a free WoodLand Art Print from 10:30-12:30. Driftwood Community Arts Center, 777 Raymond Avenue, Saint Paul, MN. For more info, call 651-340-0929 or see:

Aug. 28

Native American Cancer Support Group

Native American Cancer Support Group for Patients & Survivors, at East Phillips Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Ave. S, Minneapolis.  Potluck, bring your favorite dish to share. Support Group will be held every last Wednesday of each month. 6:00 pm Р8:00 pm. For more info, contact Joy Rivera, American Indian Cancer

 Foundation at 612.202.0588 or 612.672.8666, or:

Aug. 29, 30, Sept. 1, 2

Adventures in Nature: American Indian Games

Play games popular among American Indians of the past including the moccasin game, awl game and the double-ball game. While at the site, view the rock carvings and learn more about the Native people who created them on guided tours at 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m. Fee: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members. Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, C27160 County Road 2, Comfrey, MN. For more info, call 507-628-5591.

Sept. 23 – 24

Minnesota Indigenous Language Symposium

Co-hosted by the Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia and the Grotto Foundation. Held at Mystic Lake Casino and Conference Center, Prior Lake, MN. This year’s theme: Revitalization in Action: Language Learning in Practice, a hands on learning Institute, will feature learning opportunities for curriculum and materials development, teaching indigenous languages, multimedia and technology, best practices, designing and implementing immersion programs, master-apprentice models, evaluation of language programs, teacher certification, innovative language models, grassroots language programs, language documentation and youth voices on language revitalization. The focus is to learn from one another, share information, build support among programs committed to language revitalization. 200 people are expected to attend. The public is invited to attend. The early bird symposium registration deadline is July 30. The hotel deadline for room reservations is August 23. For more information on registration and hotel cost visit: or email: or call 612-655-9365.

Thru Oct. 12

Contemporary Native Art From Oklahoma

Art from Indian Territory: Contemporary Native Art from Oklahoma addresses the twenty-first century identity of being indigenous in Oklahoma. In a state that is home to thirty-nine federally recognized tribes, the indigenous experience is diverse. This exhibition has the solemnity and seriousness that comes from a history fraught with challenges, but it is primarily a celebration of survival from a dark century; sustaining against policies that intentionally targeted their cultures and languages for extinction; prepared to forge a future on terms guided by the wisdom of their ancestors. Artists: Norman Akers, Marwin Begaye, Michael Elizondo Jr. Anita Fields, Shan Goshorn, Benjamin Harjo Jr., Troy Jackson,Bobby C. Martin, Molly Murphy Adams, Erin Shaw, and Tony Tiger. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Free and open to the public. Hours are Monday thru Friday 11 am to 6 pm, and Saturdays 11 am to 3 pm. For more info, call 612-235-4970.