Opportunities from the Land Acknowledgment & Beyond Group 11/29/23

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People view line drawings of figures. The people and the drawings are intentionally blurred. Image licensed from Envato Elements.

As Native American Heritage Month draws to a close, we hope you are able to continue to take advantage of the special events available to us!

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Featured Opportunities of the Week:

An Opportunity to Meet and Discuss …

Calling all who went to see Killers of the Flower Moon – We did not end up seeing the movie together, but some have expressed interest in getting together to discuss our experience.  If this interests you, please let Pr. Rachael know and she will pass the information on to Sally at Spirit.  We’ll set a time and place once we know how many will attend.

Book Discussion Group

Our next meeting is coming up soon! Virgil M. (Spirit Catholic Community) will guide the discussion of Chapters 5 (New York and the ‘Ohio Country’) and 6 (Southeast), on Mon, Dec 4, at 7 PM. We look forward to seeing all who have signed up then!

Native-Owned and Native-Led Businesses in Our Own Backyard That We Can Support

Visit Birchbark Books

Birchbark Books, 2115 West 21st St, Minneapolis, is a unique and important independent bookstore owned by Native author Louise Erdrich and is definitely worth a visit. Located in Kenwood and close to Lake of the Isles, it is “operated by a spirited collection of people who believe in the power of good writing, the beauty of handmade art, the strength of Native culture, and the importance of small and intimate bookstores.”

Visit Native Roots Trading Post

The Departments at Dayton’s, 700 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, includes Native Roots Trading Post, which provides a physical space for local Native artists and entrepreneurs from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and from across the country. The Trading Post celebrates and showcases Native art and culture, and gives shoppers access to a variety of arts and goods in a store that is Native-owned and run.

Visit Mní Sapa Roasting Co.

1311 Edgerton St, Saint Paul, is a small Native American-owned and -operated coffee roasting company committed to providing high quality, sustainably sourced coffee. It carries organic and fair trade.

Visit All My Relations Arts Gallery and Visit Pow Wow Grounds Coffee Shop

1414 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, are open Tuesday through Saturday. All My Relations Arts Gallery is a program of the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) and “is one of the few Midwest hubs for contemporary Native art.” It is committed to advancing the careers of Native artists and to providing consistently high-quality exposure to Native American fine arts, All My Relations features the work of a variety of artists and presents four fine art exhibits throughout the year.

Come to view the latest exhibition (see below), be sure to stop by the Pow Wow Grounds Coffee Shop for coffee, tea, hot chocolate or lemonade. Pow Wow Grounds proudly notes that it “has been caffeinating and feeding the American Indian community in Minneapolis since 2010.” In addition to serving beverages, Pow Wow Grounds features a full menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees. Delivery and takeout are available, and a catered meal is another option!

CURRENT AMRAG EXHIBITION: Aabijijiwan / Ukeyat yanalleh (Oct 12, 2023 – Jan 13, 2024)

Described as a “collaborative exhibition on the planetary life-force known as the Misi-ziibi (Big River, Ojibwe)” located near the headwaters in the north and remembered territories of the southern Delta, where the bayous of Turtle Island meet the sea, this exhibition features multimedia artists Karen Goulet (Ojibwe) and Monique Verdin (Houma).

Aabijijiwan / Ukeyat yanalleh, translated from Ojibwe and Houma as “The Water Flows Continuously,” reflects Karen’s and Monique’s journeys together, up, and down river; illuminating diversities, connecting personal memories and curiosities, seasonal rituals and witnessing to the times of change recognized in the layers of Indigenous and colonial histories bound to the watershed they share.

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