WHAT ROLE DOES ART PLAY IN SOCIETY?
On an individual level, art is the way the artist is confronting the problems they see. They are asking questions, they are seeking a new way of thinking. As I mentioned before, there was no word for Art in the Dakota language, what people created then was like creating a prayer through their designs. I’ve been told that one of the things that was wrong to steal was the designs of another person — these were family heirlooms. While owning land and possessions wasn’t a priority back then, having a vision and a dream meant so much more to a person. So I think today, art is a prayer or energy that society needs to listen to.

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