Some people believe that Coldwater Spring has been flowing for more than 10,000 years. Located south of Minnehaha Park on the former Bureau of Mines Campus, and formerly known as Camp Coldwater, the spring provided fresh drinking water to the soldiers who built Fort Snelling. A civilian settlement sprang up, and fur traders, blacksmiths and the state’s first Indian agent all settled and lived among military personnel. Coldwater Spring sits near some of the most sacred Dakota sites: Wita Tanka, Pike Island, where Dakota buried there dead; Taku Wakan Tipi, Carvers Cave near the VA hospital, the dwelling place of Native American gods and spirits; and B’dote, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, where the first Dakota emerged. In 2010 the National Park Service took over the land at Coldwater Spring with the intention of making it a public park. Controversy ensued among Dakota people and environmental activists, who believe the site is sacred and worthy of protection under the National Register of Historic Places. KFAI producer Allison Herrera explores the complicated history of Coldwater Spring in this exclusive MinneCulture documentary.
Hennepin Avenue predates the city of Minneapolis, and was originally used by Dakota Indians as a footpath between St Anthony Falls and Lake Calhoun. This main artery has grown and evolved over time, and been home to diverse communities and businesses. From immigrant laborers to performance artists, Hennepin Avenue has gone through a number of incarnations. The former Minneapolis red-light district is today a destination for theater and dance. This Wednesday, November 7, on MinneCulture, producer Sarah Boden explores the avenue’s colorful history, highlighting architectural and cultural landmarks along the way. MinneCulture is part of KFAI’s Legacy project, and is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. (Photo courtesy of the Hennepin History Museum.)
During the 1950s and ’60s, the space race, the effects and fears of the Cold War, and the united leadership of India and the United States gave rise to a math and science-educated population in India. It changed U.S. immigration policy, as America welcomed India’s brightest scientists and engineers to the United States. In this radio documentary, KFAI producer Mahi Palanisami explores Indian immigration to the United States to better understand her own family lineage and their drive to excel in science and engineering.
Cory Wong Quartet at the Artists’ Quarter Jazz Club
The Cory Wong Quartet performs at the Artists’ Quarter Jazz Club in downtown St. Paul. The band features Cory Wong, Kevin Gastonguay, Andy Schuster and Zach Schmid. Songs in this segment include “Pougkeepsie,” “Flee” and “One/October Snow.”
Xonxaro Baro means “the great trick.” This live performance of the Gypsy Love Show at Amsterdam Bar and Hall features music by the Bourgeoisie Bohemians—Balkan and Gypsy performers with a touch of French circus—with storytelling by Tansy Undercrypt. Also included are three recordings by Gypsy Mania from their self-titled release, including “Butterfly,” “East Hennepin” and “Blues de Paris.” Gypsy Mania is Glen Helgeson (guitar), Gary Schulte (violin), Reynold Philipsek (guitar/vocals), Jeff Brueske (acoustic bass), Michael Bissonnette (percussion) and James Allen (guitar).
A performance inspired by Africa and hosted by Ms. Kenna at Patrick’s Cabaret in Minneapolis. This independently produced show featured spoken word, live music, dance and more, with a focus on the African diaspora. The theme “Africans in the Snow” comes from poem by Louis Alehemayu, who was inspired by a photograph of two Somali women in a snowy Minneapolis parking lot.