Saturday, May 20 is the harmonic convergence of several important indigenous-led events. Good news: they are scheduled just right so you catch all three.
First up: Dream of Wild Health invites the public to its “We All Eat Well Together” education and celebration event, Saturday, May 20, starting at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of Pow Wow Grounds, 1414 East Franklin Ave. The event is in partnership with the Indigenous Food Network. Here is the schedule:
- There will be a plant seedling sale throughout the event.
- 10:30 a.m. Sacred Medicines Workshop with Elder and DWH Cultural Director, Ernie Whiteman
- 11:30 a.m. Salad Making Demonstration by DWH Youth Leaders
- 12:30 p.m. How to Plant for Seed Saving Workshop – to include seed distribution from our collection of saved seeds
This entire event helps to teach you how to go through the entire cycle from seed to salad, from season to next growing season! Spread the word! Invite your friends!
Dream of Wild Health (DWH) is centered at a 10-acre organic farm in Hugo, Minnesota, its website says. The farm is a place to gather and work as a resource for the Native Community. It is a place of learning, a place of celebration, a place of being, becoming and belonging. The farm is a model put into practice. It is a place of safety for kids. It is a place to regenerate and re-propagate the seed. It is a place to keep alive the vision of our values.
Indian Youth Olympics
Next up, also on Saturday, May 20, is the 22nd annual Indian Youth Olympics at East Phillips Park, at 24th and Cedar Avenue South. (In case of rain, it will be held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave.)
The event is open to the public and there will be games and prizes. The age groups: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-18, plus some contests for adults
Here is the schedule:
- 11:30 a.m. Registration and Lunch served until gone
- 12:30 p..m. Games begin!
- 4:00 p.m. Final award ceremony
Organizers are looking for volunteers to help out. For more information on volunteering email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-879-1764. For more information on the event itself, call 612-879-1708 (Golden Eagle Office).
For Directions Opening Reception and Art Crawl
FOR DIRECTIONS is a joint exhibition between five galleries, highlighting the connections between Indigenous artists of the 4 directions around common themes of Decolonization, Identity, Resistance, and Survival. Featured artists include: Todd Bordeaux, Neto Ybarra, Cannupa Luger, Andre Perez, Natchez Beaulieu, Holly Young, Isabel Boike, Marlena Myles, Karen Goulet, and Xilam Balam.
Here are the participating galleries:
All My Relations Arts: 1414 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis MN, 55404
Two Rivers Gallery: 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis MN, 55404
American Indian Movement Interpretive Center: 1113 E Franklin Ave #103, Minneapolis MN 55404
Electric Machete Studios,: 777 Smith Ave S, St Paul, MN 55107
Grand Opening: Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center: 788 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55106
The Opening Reception is Saturday, May 20th, 4:00- 9:00 p.m. Here is the schedule:
- 4:00 pm Minneapolis galleries open
- 6:00 pm Bus departs to St Paul
- 6:30 pm Electric Machete opens
- 7:15 pm Bus departs to next gallery
- 7:30 pm Indigenous Roots opens
- 8:30 pm Bus departs for Minneapolis
This event is free and open to the public. All donations go toward the continued support of arts programs at each of our galleries.