Mill City Museum Saturday, September 9, 11 am to 3 pm, Free
Draft video of the First Healing Place Festival
Discover the connections between indigenous understanding of place, the environment, water, language, the arts, and the Mississippi River with hands-on activities, interactive performance, visual art, panels and presentations, cooking demos, media art and more.
Explore the vital role of the Mississippi River in the life of the Twin Cities through a day of activities about the river as a source of healing and place of healing. Discover the connections between indigenous understanding of place, the environment, water, language, the arts, and the Mississippi River. Organized by the Healing Place Collaborative, an indigenous artist-led a group of artists, educators, researchers, and activists, the event will bring together hands-on activities, interactive performance, visual art, panels and presentations, cooking demos, media art and more.
Programs include Čhokáta Nážiŋ (The Dakota Language Medicine Wheel Table); Feast of Words during which participants learn about indigenous place names and foods; Mniówe the indigenized rendition of the esteemed “Water Bar;” Dakhóta Wordscapes, an installation of large-scaled Dakota words stenciled into the sidewalks; and presentations by Healing Place partners Mona Smith (Dakota media artist), historian Marty Case, Minneapolis Parks Foundation, Works Progress, Migizi Communications, Jewell Arcoren, Joyce Lyon, Veronica Quillien, Heid Erdrich, Mill City Museum, and the Minnesota Humanities Center.
- Čhokáta Nážiŋ – The Dakota Language Medicine Wheel Table is a living and traveling gathering space for the Dakota language to be restrengthened through a deeper understanding of the interdependent relationships of the land, language and lifeways to the health and wellbeing of people that call Mnísota Makhóčhe (Minnesota) home.
- Feast of Words – Where did this state name come from? The Dakota language is the first language of Minnesota, yet few Minnesotans know the meaning of the name of their state. Feast of Words is a family event centered on this place we all call home, Mnísota (Minnesota). Learn about indigenous place names throughout the state, try local indigenous foods, learn to prepare wóžapi, a traditional Dakota berry pudding, and immerse yourself in the Dakota language. This program is a collaboration between Healing Place, and Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakičhiye
- Mniówe – A place for getting water (mniówe) is the indigenized rendition of the esteemed “Water Bar”. Learn about indigenous philosophies, relationships and practices relating to Mní (water) that have allowed Dakota people to thrive in this area for millennia. Sample water from a variety of sources in Mnísota; and engage in conversations about the ways in which we use and interact with water in our daily lives; often without thinking about where our water comes from. This program is a collaboration between Water Bar, Healing Place, and Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakičhiye
- Dakhóta Wordscapes – An installation of Minnesota’s original language upon the landscape to give guests a deeper connection to the place we all call home; Mnisota, the land where the water reflects the sky. This installation features large-scaled Dakota words stenciled into the sidewalks with Dakota speakers nearby to engage in conversations about affinity and relatedness to Dakota homeland (Minnesota).
- Keeping My Language Alive: The Perfect Imperfections, a film by Veronica Quillien
- Food, Healing and Writing, a workshop with Heid Erdrich (one hour workshop will be held multiple times)
- Native Foods Cooking Demo, with Chef Austin Barthold
- Cansa’yapi: Where the trees are painted red, photos by Joyce Lyon
- “Remembering Our Roots: Traditional Healing fundamentals,” with Selma Sroka, MD, Physician at Hennepin County Medical Center in Integrative Family Medicine. Information about the Traditional Healing Alliance.
- “Don’t You Feel It Too?” a participatory street dance practice of social healing and inner-life liberation, with artist Marcus Young
- Equine Therapy. with Janice Bad Moccasin. Presentation about Indigenous nature-based healing and personal development through Equine Therapy.
- Native Foods demo with Dream of Wild Health, a 10-acre organic farm in Hugo, Minnesota that helps American Indian people reclaim their physical, spiritual, and mental health.
- Postcard making activity for kids, with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board
- We Are Water MN, with the Minnesota Humanities Center, explores the connections between the humanities and water through an exhibit and public events. Visitors reflect on local stories and the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota with space to add their own stories. By creating relationships around water, networks are created that can promote positive social norms, and share a vision for and participate in water stewardship.
- Healing Place Collaborative partner organizations will present work that is focused on Healing and Place. Core members presenting include Mona Smith (Dakota media artist), historian Marty Case, Minneapolis Parks Foundation, Works Progress, Migizi Communications, Jewell Arcoren, Joyce Lyon, Heid Erdrich, Mill City Museum, and the Minnesota Humanities Center.
About the Healing Place Collaborative
The indigenous artist-led Healing Place Collaborative is a group of artists, educators, researchers, and activists who play leadership roles in articulating the vital role of the Mississippi River in the life of the Twin Cities. The members of the collaborative have committed themselves to collaboratively examine and express the identity of the River as both a source of healing, and a place in need of healing. Core members include Mona Smith (Dakota media artist), representatives from the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Minnesota, Innocent Technologies, Inc., Mill City Museum, Emily Johnson of Catalyst Dance, other representatives from the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Historical Society, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Dakota Language Society and others.
The Healing Place Collaborative presented Feast of Words Family Event, a program about Dakota language, food, and culture, at Mill City Museum in December 2015 and at the Owamni Falling Water Festival in August 2016. Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1840318222947609/