After an incredibly inspiring gathering of Healing Place Collaborative partners, some of those present at the gathering offered their thoughts about the gathering and the collaborative in general. We will share more comments as in future posts. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Thanks for the invitation and opportunity. It was a joy to meet so many and to hear all the stories of each person’s work/interests. Together with the informal time I was treated to a feast of brainstorming about potential cooperation/collaboration in various ways. You set the table well. I know of several things that are likely to result and some other possibilities. I love to explore possibilities, especially with caring people, and only have to be aware of limitations so I don’t overextend. Thanks again for the rich and fruitful gathering!
Tom Duke, Healing Minnesota Stories, Saint Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN)
I found it interesting that this was a different way of relating than we usually experience – one that promotes listening as much as speaking. It is so rare to experience a collaboration that is not striving for closure around a plan or a conversation that is not a debate. This spirit of humility and mutual respect seems the key to developing a better understanding of our relationship to our waters and special places and so is the right approach to an ambition so important, Thank you to all the organizers and participants who made this a very memorable experience.
David Wiggins, Supervisory Park Ranger, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, National Park Service
I thought it was fantastic. I see so much potential for not only large projects, but many wonderful small projects that may eventually coalesce into a larger project.
Jill Ahlberg Yohe, Assistant Curator of Native American Art, Arts of Africa and the Americas, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The gathering felt right and by that I mean it seemed our individual work drew us together over the years and now Healing Place can add all of our strengths for new work in years to come. It was an exciting evening and a reunion all at once. I left with many ideas and a deepened sense of how my artistic and community life has pointed toward Healing Place. It already feels like home.
Heid E. Erdrich, Artist, MNdn Arts
I found the first all partner gathering of Healing Place very stimulating, especially when combined with the MHC sponsored Bdote Field Trip: Dakota in the Twin Cities several days later. We are sharing immersive experiences in history and ways of knowing and being. We are invited to respond by exploring deeply within ourselves, framing pertinent questions, and offering resources and perspective. I echo others who valued allowing ourselves time to listen. There are within the group wonderful, diverse voices.
I will need to be open, curious, confident, creative, to find how I can contribute significantly.
Joyce Lyon, Art Department, University of Minnesota
The All Partners meeting of the Healing Place Collaborative was a pretty remarkable event. There was an impressive diversity of participants, and just as impressively, common themes emerged so quickly among the partners: the importance of language, an openness and even eagerness to cross cultural and disciplinary boundaries to do good work, the recognition that open-ended discussion is necessary to allow time for collaborations to naturally emerge.
Marty Case, Allies Research and Writing
The Gathering of the partners was an evening of inspiration for me. The opportunity to listen to partners share information about the work that is being done now, and the possibilities of yet-to-be realized work in the future between partners, was truly inspiring. My hope for the future of this place, the place that I keep coming back to, feels promising.
Jimmy Rhodes, Healing Place Collaborative
There is no Planet B! Although astronomers look to the heavens for previously unknown, watery, earth-like places of living relatives… We are from Planet A. One Ball Holds Us All and She is Maka Ina. But having fouled our nest, some want to fly to a new nest. Although I too am deeply curious about distant campfires of relatives out there, I am grateful that Healing Place has begun to gather those of us together who wish to value and heal the waters of this place here and now. It will take a movement which has already begun with others like us, but we begin here at Bdote k’a Makoche Chokaya Kin – the center of the Dakota Universe where the rivers meet beneath the Milky Way.
Michante etan wopida tanka,
Jim Rock, American Indian Studies, Augsburg College