Bdote Field Trip

“The name of the state of Minnesota comes from the Dakota language. The Dakota language is written on the landscape of the Twin Cities, in place names from Mendota to Anoka. The language is a reflection of a deep connection to this place.”

Bdote Memory Map

Dakota in the Twin Cities

Spend the day visiting local sites of significance to Dakota people and learning about them from a Dakota perspective. As you experience these places, you will challenge assumptions made about Dakota history and identity and gain a deeper understanding of the significance of places like Pilot Knob, Wakan Tipi, and Mounds Park to this land’s first people.

Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Meet at Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Ave. E, St. Paul, MN 55106
Audience: K-12 Educators
Cost: $30, includes transportation to sites, lunch, snacks and materials
CEUs: 7 clock hours
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Not a K-12 educator? Take your own bdote sites field trip with support from the Bdote Memory Map online resource.
 
Ethan Neerdaels - Bdewakantunwan Dakota - In 2012 he was a Minnesota Historical Society History Museum Fellow as well as American Indian History Museum Fellow. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in American Indian Studies and a focus on the Dakota language, where he also was a teaching assistant of the beginning and intermediate Dakota language classes. He was the storyteller for the 2013 Shakopee Mdewakanton Community Wacipi. He recently began writing for Maḳóc̣e Etáη Yaóṭaηiη , a seasonal Dakota language publication. He is committed to the renewal of Dakota language and lifeways as well as the recovery of a Dakota land base.
Ramona Kitto Stately is a enrolled member of the Santee Sioux Nation. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dakota Art and Culture and and is a Masters of Education candidate 2013 with a focus on Teacher Leadership. She has coordinated and directed the Success for the Future grant for ISD279 Osseo Area School District. The purpose of this Indian Education program is to enhance the cultural identity of the Native American child and promote post secondary options. Her greatest accomplishment is being the mother of two children, Jillian (17) and Reuben (14) She is an accomplished artist who makes plains style moccasins. She believes that this is not only a traditional shoe covering, but a representation of the path we choose to walk in this life. She says “As indigenous people today, we have to walk in two worlds and be successful in both. If we use our native identity and traditional values as a foundation, we can walk forward into the future with confidence and success.”
Mona Smith, owner of Allies, LLC, is a media artist and director of Allies: media/art. A Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota, she will guide educators in understanding Minnesota as a Dakota place. Mona has been a long-time consulting partner with the Humanities Center in projects that include creating the multimedia Bdote Memory Map and Between Fences documentary. Her work has been broadcast through PBS and other networks and been shown at festivals, conferences, museums, and galleries in Europe and North and South America. She has won multiple awards from Native and non-Native film and video festivals. Her most recent work has been in new media, developing art pieces for the Web and creating sites for Web distribution of Native-focused media. Mona’s multimedia installations include Cloudy Waters: Dakota Reflections on the River at the Minnesota History Center, Mnisota Dakota Home at Form + Content Gallery, and Presence, a multimedia-live performance event held twice at Mill City Museum on the Minneapolis Riverfront.
Registration Questions? Thien Nguyen August, 651-772-4254651-772-4254, thien@mnhum.org
Other Questions? Eden Bart 651-772-4261651-772-4261, eden@mnhum.org

This event is funded in part with support from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 and the National Endowment for the Humanities.