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Mni Sota: Reflections of Time and Place

Date: 02/14/2012

Time: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Location: Katherine E. Nash Gallery Twin Cities, West Bank, Regis Center for Art (East)

Cost: Free


Mni Sota: Reflections of Time and Place showcases the innovation and beauty of Native American artists whose ingenuity promotes cultural continuity. The artists of Mni Sota provide stunning examples of ways in which Native artists of the Minnesota region continue to embrace the contemporary while supporting tradition.

“Minnesota” comes from the Dakota words mni sota” which have been translated as “clouds reflecting in water,” “smoky water,” or “cloudy water,” all of which illustrate how our understanding of place has been defined by our surroundings. We use it here as an analogy to describe the innovative shifts of traditional arts throughout time to reflect the current landscape. As a culture whose arts are generally expected to evoke the past, it is not often that innovation is at the forefront of discussion regarding Native American arts. In fact, the historical objects we are so familiar with are only a snapshot of time, and represent a small fraction of the creative arts of Native peoples. Each generation’s work has built upon what has been established by the previous generations, incorporating new materials and media. Innovation is the soul of living art. Each generation, from historic times to the present, was creating contemporary art. The works included in Mni Sota illustrate the importance and necessity of both tradition and innovation in sustaining cultural continuity.

Exhibition Dates: February 14 - March 15, 2012

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 7 pm


Thursday, February 16, 2012

5-6 pm Curators Public Lecture, Dyani Reynolds-White Hawk

Influx, Regis Center for Art

6-8 pm Public Reception

Lobby, Regis Center for Art


Artists Included in the Exhibition:

  • Greg Bellanger, White Earth Band of Ojibwe
  • Todd Bordeaux, Sicangu Lakota and Dakota
  • Carol Charging Thunder, Oohenunpa and Oglala Lakota
  • Pat Kruse, Red Cliff Band of Ojibwe and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
  • Denise Lajimodiere, Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe
  • Orvilla Longfox, Assiniboine Sioux
  • Melvin Losh, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  • Cheryl Minnema, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
  • Wanesia Spry Misquadace, Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe
  • Sandra Panachyse, Canupawakpa Dakota and Mishkeegogamang Ojibwa
  • Joe Savage, Fond Du Lac Band of Ojibwe
  • Chholing Taha, Cree First Nations
  • Cecile Taylor, Spirit Lake Dakota and Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe
  • Gwen Westerman, Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota
  • Delina White, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  • Bobby Wilson, Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota
  • Francis Yellow, Itazipco Lakota


  • Name: Mary Moreno Lien
  • E-mail: mmlien@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612 625 5297
  • Sponsored by: Department of Art, Katherine E. Nash Gallery organized by the Native American Community Development Institute of Minneapolis and curated by Dyani Reynolds-White Hawk. This activity is funded, in part, by the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


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The 21st Avenue parking ramp, located directly across the street from the Regis Center, is fully accessible, with an elevator and curb cuts.

More information: http://art.umn.edu

Disability Options:

The Katherine E. Nash Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Regis Center for Art, is committed to providing an environment that is welcoming and accessible to everyone. The Regis Center for Art is fully accessible, with curb cuts, an ADA-compliant entry ramp, and power doors.

To request disability accommodations, please contact Mary Moreno Lien, Art Department, 612 625 5297, mmlien@umn.edu.

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Mni Sota Press Release.pdf