Wicoie Program on FIRST PERSON RADIO 1.24.18

Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on FIRST PERSON RADIO on Wednesday, January 24, 2018  with her guests Jewell Arcoren, Velma Banderas, and children from the Wicoie Nandagikendan language immersion program in Minneapolis. The children will sing some songs to be presented at a winter celebration and we will talk about how the program succeeds in teaching language to the very young. Waco Nandagikendan is located in South Minneapolis where it teaches language to infants as young as 16 months and prepares children for kindergarten. 
Jewell Arcoren has been in non-profit arts for over 20 years in the Twin Cities area.  She brings a passion and love for the community she comes from and believes in giving back to that community.  Currently she is the program director for Wicoie Nandagikendan and is committed to language revitalization.  She is also looking more closely at the correlations between language revitalization and community well being. She holds a BA in psychology from Augsburg College and an MA in Counseling and Psychology from St. Mary's University.

Jewell has worked as a curator at Two Rivers Gallery, and has done video work specific to the Dakota Oyate of Minnesota and telling their story with media Artist Mona Smith of Allies media art.  She has worked with National Music Makers  and composers such as R. Carlos, Nakai, Joy Harjo, Gabriel Ayala and Georgia Wettlin Larsen to name a few.  She has initiated Women’s groups and organized workshops related to traditional and pre-contact Life-Ways.  She  has produced a radio show called “Winyan Dowanpi”  (The Women Are Singing) that ran consecutively for 5 years for international women’s day at KFAI radio station. This show featured American Indian Women Music Makers from around the nation.  Most Recently she has been part of a collaboration that begin with First Nations Composers Initiative, the Minneapolis Park Board and the Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board to create a venue that celebrates and showcases the work of American Indian Music Makers, film producers, artists and performers now called Owa’mni - Falling Waters Festival, now in its 9th year of celebrating our indigenous community.