Nearly 60 students from Sioux Falls Lincoln and Sioux Falls Washington recently visited the South Dakota Art Museum and South Dakota State University.
The students viewed the Takuwe exhibit, which was curated by Craig Howe, the director of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies. The exhibit, which opened Nov. 2 and ended Feb. 6, is divided into seven chronological sections, which are accompanied by the artworks, poetry and songs of contemporary Lakota artists. The focus of the exhibit is the 1890 massacre of Lakotas at Wounded Knee, but it doesn’t begin or end with the killings. Its intent is to begin with positives and to close with a call to action.
The students, who are part of the Native American Connections, made Takuwe squares, which are now part of the exhibit at its stop in Rapid City.
“We were honored to host this important exhibit and to share it with students, both Native American and non-Native,” said Lynn Verschoor, director of the South Dakota Art Museum. “The artworks, poetry and music created by contemporary Lakota artists give voice to the victims of this massacre and help us to understand our shared history from a fresh perspective. We were especially gratified to provide the students the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing Takuwe exhibit through the canvases they created while at the museum.”
The Sioux Falls students also went on campus tours and had lunch in the University Student Union.
According to Heather Goodface-Ferguson, the Indian education liaison with the Sioux Falls School District, there are talks about having the Native American Connections students visit SDSU annually for various exhibits or to tour campus. She said Sioux Falls Roosevelt students were invited to attend but were unable to do so due to scheduling conflicts.
In January, 50 Tiospa Zina Tribal School students viewed the Takuwe exhibit and also created pieces for it.