There are several words people associate with regional Native artist Marlena Myles’ digital illustrations. Freeborn County Arts Initiative President Elisha Andrew Marin calls them “incredibly painstaking.” Curator and artist Susanne Crane calls them “techy,” “current and of the essence.”

But what are they not?

“The common misconception with Native art is that it’s traditional — it’s stuck in the past,” Myles said. “But the truth is that Native people have always been innovative. … So, to use Illustrator is just a continuation of what my ancestors already did.”

Myles said her designs pay homage to Lakota and Dakota women, who did more geometric, abstract art while the men tended toward figurative designs of war battles.

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