Spend the day visiting local sites of significance to Dakota people and learning about them from Dakota perspectives. As you experience these places, you will challenge assumptions made about Dakota history and identity and gain a deeper understanding of the significance of places like Pilot Knob, Wakan Tipi, and Mounds Park to this land’s first people.
The name of the state of Minnesota comes from the Dakota language. The Dakota language is written on the landscape of the Twin Cities, in place names from Mendota to Anoka. The language is a reflection of a deep connection to this place. — Bdote Memory Map
“The [Bdote] Field Trip is truly something that should be experienced by everyone who lives here.” – Field Trip Participant
Indigenous people of this place (Turtle Island) have the longest relationship to the land. Because of the nature of this program and experience, the fee is waived for indigenous participants. Contact Eden Bart to register.
The Minnesota Humanities Center partners with organizations to offer this workshop for groups of 20-40. Fees apply. Please contact Eden Bart, 651-772-4261, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ethan Neerdaels — Bdewakantunwan Dakota – In 2012 he was a Minnesota Historical Society History Museum Fellow as well as an American Indian History Museum Fellow. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in American Indian Studies and a focus on the Dakota language, where he also was a teaching assistant of the beginning and intermediate Dakota language classes. He was the storyteller for the 2013 Shakopee Mdewakanton Community Wacipi. He recently began writing for Maḳóc̣e Etáη Yaóṭaηiη, a seasonal Dakota language publication. He is committed to the renewal of Dakota language and lifeways as well as the recovery of a Dakota land base.
Ramona Kitto Stately
Ramona Kitto Stately is a enrolled member of the Santee Sioux Nation. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dakota Art and Culture and and is a Masters of Education candidate 2013 with a focus on Teacher Leadership. She has coordinated and directed the Success for the Future grant for ISD279 Osseo Area School District. The purpose of this Indian Education program is to enhance the cultural identity of the Native American child and promote post secondary options. Her greatest accomplishment is being the mother of two children, Jillian and Reuben. She is an accomplished artist who makes plains style moccasins. She believes that this is not only a traditional shoe covering, but a representation of the path we choose to walk in this life. She says “As indigenous people today, we have to walk in two worlds and be successful in both. If we use our native identity and traditional values as a foundation, we can walk forward into the future with confidence and success.”
Mona Smith, owner of Allies, LLC, is a media artist and director of Allies: media/art. A Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota, she will guide educators in understanding Minnesota as a Dakota place. Mona has been a long-time consulting partner with the Humanities Center in projects that include creating the multimedia “Bdote Memory Map” and Between Fences documentary. Her work has been broadcast through PBS and other networks and been shown at festivals, conferences, museums, and galleries in Europe and North and South America. She has won multiple awards from Native and non-Native film and video festivals. Her most recent work has been in new media, developing art pieces for the Web and creating sites for Web distribution of Native-focused media. Mona’s multimedia installations include “Cloudy Waters: Dakota Reflections on the River” at the Minnesota History Center, “Mnisota Dakota Home” at Form + Content Gallery, and “Presence,” a multimedia-live performance event held twice at Mill City Museum on the Minneapolis Riverfront.