Meskwaki Art and Culture Symposium

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"We we ni to tti ki" or "Those who make beautiful things" is the title of the upcoming Meskwaki Art and Culture Symposium to be held on Monday, October 9. This free event will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Meskwaki Veterans Convention Center and Red Earth Gardens at the Meskwaki Settlement in Tama County, Iowa. Join in this celebration of Meskwaki art and artists on Indigenous People’s Day.

Tribal members and the broader public will hear directly from a wide range of Meskwaki artists, including Duane Slick of the Rhode Island School of Design and Brenda Ackerman from Iowa State University, as well as artisans who engage in traditional wood carving, weaving, beadwork, ribbon applique design, painting, singing, and other art forms. Historical and contemporary tribal art exhibits will be positioned throughout the Symposium area in the form of over 30 individual display tables, a gallery of fine art and a series of panel discussions by Meskwaki artists. During the day there will be demonstrations on making Cattail Mats conducted by Kickapoo women from Shawnee, Oklahoma, who will make a special trip to Iowa for this event.

For more information call (641) 484-3185.

Mary E. Young Bear, Meskwaki Cultural Center and Museum

Mary Bennett, State Historical Society of Iowa