Upcoming Events: An Art Opening, A Film Screening, A Book Launch

Here are upcoming events — come if you can!

  • ReImage Minnesota: An Art Opening: Students offer an alternative vision for art in the Minnesota Capitol, Monday, April 24.
  • Film: First Daughter and the Black Snake, the story of Winona LaDuke’s efforts to stop the Enbridge oil pipeline expansion in northern Minnesota, Saturday, April 22 and Thursday, April 27.
  • Book Launch: White Birch, Red Hawthorne, the memoir of a fifth-generation Irish Minnesotan about the cost of immigration and indigenous genocide, Thursday, April 20.

Details follow.

ReImage Minnesota: An Art Opening, Monday, April 24, 5 – 8 p.m., Multicultural Resource Center, Washington Technology School, 1495 Rice Street, St. Paul.

Students from the American Indian Magnet School and the LEAP High School created alternative art in our state Capitol. Some of the historic art has negative stereotypes of Minnesota’s indigenous peoples and a slanted version of the state’s early history. (This work grew out of a Healing Minnesota Stories project.)

Come honor the student artists and share a light meal at 5 p.m. and a short program at 6 p.m. Joining us will be guest artist Marcie Rendon, enrolled member of the White Earth Nation. (Rendon’s debut novel, Murder on the Red River (Cinco Puntos Press) is currently available.) Click here to see a video of our February art opening, featuring students from Creative Arts and Washington Technology Magnet. (Please RSVP to mrc@spps.org by Thursday, April 20 to help us plan for food.)

Film: First Daughter and the Black Snake: Part of the Minneapolis Film Festival, it will be shown Saturday, April 22, 4:25 p.m. at St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis (with Winona LaDuke) and Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m. at Metro State University in St. Paul.

According to the film’s website: The “Prophecy of the 7th Fire” says a “black snake” will bring destruction to the earth. We will have a choice of two paths. One is scorched, and one is green. For Winona (Ojibwe for “first daughter”), the “black snake” is oil trains and pipelines. When she learns that Canadian-owned Enbridge plans to route a new pipeline through her tribe’s 1855 Treaty land, she and her community spring into action to save the sacred wild rice lakes and preserve their traditional indigenous way of life.

Following her decision to fight Enbridge, Winona dreams that she is riding her horse against the current of the oil. Launching an annual spiritual horse ride along the proposed pipeline route, speaking at community meetings and regulatory hearings. Winona testifies that the pipeline route follows one of historical and present-day trauma. The tribe participates in the pipeline permitting process, asserting their treaty rights to protect their natural resources.

Book Launch: White Birch, Red Hawthorne, Thursday, April 20, 7 – 10 p.m. at Common Ground Books, 38 Snelling Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Author Nora Murphy is a fifth-generation Irish Minnesotan. The book is a memoir about the cost of immigration and indigenous genocide.


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