Thaóyate Dúta

~His Red Nation~
Program: Adobe Illustrator CS5

His Red Nation pays homage to the Dakota Wokiksuye (Dakota 38) memorial ride, and a tribute to the 38 Dakota warriors who were hanged in Mankato, MN in 1862 on orders signed by President Lincoln.

The 38 stars are based off Dakota/Lakota quilting star patterns, which represent the morning star and “the direction from which spirits travel to earth and is a link between the living and the dead, thus symbolizing immortality.” Meaning as we honor their memory, we carry the prayers of the past with us to the future generations, that we can survive as a people.

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His Red Nation

Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Exhibition

Location: Various locations (SD, MN) | Opening Date: September 2016
I created three pieces for this exhibition, inspired by my people's connection to the horse nation.

Inspired by the voices and perspectives of the Šúŋka Wakȟáŋ Oyáte (Horse Nation) gathered through community informed processes, we respectfully called on the Artists of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ to represent their culture, relatives, homelands, and Oyáte by contributing original, compelling artworks purely inspired by aesthetic, not commerce, in relation to and inspired by the “Horse Nation” of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ to be exhibited on behalf of the Ikčé Oyáte (Common Nation) of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ.

The exhibit will expand on the (2014) film made by Keith Brave Heart titled We Are A Horse Nation, about the Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ. It will present an authentic voice and positive perspective regarding the people of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ and their cultural relations and philosophies of the “Horse Nation.” It will also transform current curatorial processes; from a top-down institution-led practice to a grassroots, community-influenced process.

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