Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 as she talks with Mona Smith (Dakota) of Bdote Memory Map and Matthew Brandt, Vice President of the Minnesota Humanities Center about their work and the recent national award for Why Treaties Matter.
The Minnesota Humanities Center and its partners have been awarded the Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize from the Federation of State Humanities Councils for the traveling exhibition, Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations. The national award from the Federation of State Humanities Councils recognizes outstanding work in the public humanities. Why Treaties Matter is a unique partnership of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., which created an exhibit unique in its community-based approach as an educational tool for Minnesota audiences.
Mona Smith, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Dakota, is a multi-media artist, educator and co-founder of Allies Media Art. Her new media work includes art projects for the web, and multimedia installation work, most notably, “Cloudy Waters, Dakota Reflections on the River” (Minnesota History Center, 2005 and permanent audio installation at the Mill Courtyard at the Minneapolis Riverfront 2011), “City Indians” (Ancient Traders Art Gallery, Minneapolis, 2006-2007), “MniSota Dakota Home,” (Form+Content Gallery), “Presence,” a multimedia/performance event, (Mill City Museum, 2010 and 2011, and BV Studios, Bristol, England, 2011), “Between Fences,” (The Box Studio and Performance, Galway Ireland, 2012), “A Dakota Place,” (Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, 2012) and “Bdote Memory Map” (with the Minnesota Humanities Center).
She owns the media art and research company, Allies, LLC and has headed up the media division, Allies Media Art since 1996.
Mona is a member of the PLaCE (Place, Location and Context and Environment) Research Consortium based at the University of West England in Bristol, and is a member of the Mapping Spectral Traces International Network.
Mona’s artistic and educational practice uses image, sound and place to work ‘between’ the place of healing, of relationship, of meaning, where spirit and physical, life and death, fear and strength, night and day intersect.
Matthew Brandt is the Vice President of the Minnesota Humanities Center. He has been a part of many ground breaking and innovative programs and partnerships, including a partnership with the National Museum of the American Indian supporting authentic instruction about indigenous cultures nationwide.