Our very own Ben Gessner, Associate for American Indian and Fine Arts Collections, is the featured member on Connecting to Collections. He shares details about his work with American Indian material culture and the importance of working with the community. The full interview is great and can be read on the Connecting to Collections web site.
Top left: Dave Louis and Myrna Weston-Louis explain Dakota quillwork techniques and oral traditions at the 2012 “Legacy of Survival Event” in Flandreau, South Dakota.
Top right: A traditional camp was also erected in the community of Flandreau for the 2012 event. In addition to these grounds being used for lacrosse camps, outdoor feasts were held here.
Middle left: Melvin Houston conducts research at the grand opening of the Santee Nation Research Center.
Middle right: MNHS partnered with the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska in 2013 to bring historic material culture to the community for Dakota Recognition Days.
Bottom left: Wacantkiya Win visits the MNHS digital scanning project in Flandreau in 2012. MNHS Collections staff Lizzie Ehrenhalt and Sondra Reierson are scanning Dakota community members’ family photographs and documents.
Bottom right: Corbin Shoots The Enemy explains some of the local history and archaeological sites along the Missouri River in Crow Creek, South Dakota.