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After 'Scaffold' backlash, Dakota artwork leads healing efforts at Walker

Like the sculpture, the dedication honored Native language and culture at the Walker Art Center


October 11, 2021

Shari L. Gross •

Matthew Cordell, left, and Cody Toutges, members of the Dakota Kit Fox Society, participated in the dedication of Angela Two Stars' art piece, Okciyapi.

Jesse Larson walked around his niece Angela Two Stars' artwork "Okciyapi (Help Each Other)" in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Saturday, waving a giant bundle of sage. Its cleansing smoke wafted through the air as her artwork was officially unveiled.

Jessica Glidden, an Ojibwe from Bois Forte and an Indian educator in Hopkins public schools, was close to tears as she looked on.

"As Native Americans, we struggle with visibility," she said. "Just the presence, that we are still here, that we are not a people of the past, who are often romanticized. It is just nice to be honored in this way and be given space on our ancestral lands."


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