Events: Dakota Language/Art Table; New Gallery Showing

Wóžupi Mnayáŋpi Kiŋ Iyúškiŋpi (Celebrate the Harvest!)

Mia is inviting people to attend a free Dakhóta language class and art activity that celebrates end-of-summer bounty. Participants will use seeds, grains and rice to create “paintings” that celebrate the abundant harvest while learning beginning Dakhóta words associated with the activity.

The class is Saturday, September 16, 10:00 a.m. – noon, at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue South; Minneapolis, classroom 111. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free, but seating is limited, so please email or call Tobie Miller to register: or 612-870-3286

This class is taught by Šišókaduta (Joe Bendickson), Dakhóta language instructor at the University of Minnesota and Wóokiye Wiƞ (Katie Bendickson) Pre-K language instructor for St. Paul Indian Education.

Art Show Opening and Opportunity to Create Your Own Wood Block Print!

Artist Gordon M. Coons of Ojibwe and Ottawa heritage will have an opening of his show Color My Inner Voice on Saturday, Sept. 9, 5-9 p.m., at the Vine Arts Center, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For the opening, Coons will talk about his work and offer a guided tour of the show.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, 1– 5 p.m., Coons will led a workshop creating a Woodland Art Style block print.

According to the announcement:

Gordon will be exhibiting the Ojibwa Woodland Art Style, created from the combination of Ojibwe petroglyphs (drawings or carvings on rocks) and images from birch bark scrolls. The images can also be identified as X-ray Vision. The inspiration for these images relies on Ojibwe clans and stories. The artist usually paints images with a heavy black outline and paints what is felt or perceived inside animals (or people). What is painted inside the animal or person represents a kind of spirit, a source of powers.

The show will run through Sept. 30.

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