Skip to main content

Navigating Narratives: The Corps of Discovery in Titonwan Territory

Share this

Open -

Originated by the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS), this educational exhibition examines the interactions between the boatmen of the Corps of Discovery Expedition and the Titonwanian people through first-person accounts from Sept. 23 to Sept. 30, 1804, as documented in the daily journals by Corps members William Clark, Patrick Gass, John Ordway and Joseph Whitehouse. CAIRNS has invited contemporary visual artists, poets and musicians to create works related to one or more of the journal entries.

Curated by Craig Howe.


Seventy creatives created songs, artworks and poems for this exhibit. Though all of them are citizens of the United States of American, 30 are also citizens of American Indian tribes. Of these tribal citizens, 28 are citizens of Lakotan nations, the descendant nations of the Titonwanian peoples who welcomed and feasted the Corps of Discovery members in 1804. Visit the CAIRNS website for the complete list of these creatives and links to their works: "Navigating Narratives."


We really value visitor comments about South Dakota Art Museum exhibitions and your experience at the museum or here on our website. Please take a moment to send us your comments and let us know if we can share them here. We also appreciate visitor reviews on Google, TripadvisorFacebook and other social sites!

Share Your Comments


Significant operational support for the South Dakota Art Museum is provided by South Dakota State University. Additional support is provided by the South Dakota Arts Council (with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts) and museum members and donors.