JULY 21 / 6:30-9 P.M.
Below is a sampling (with more to come!) of the designers and artists whose creations will hit the runway.
NORMA JEAN BAKKA
Norma Jean Bakka was born on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota and is an Elder of the White Earth Band, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. "I believe I have become an Artist over my life time, while preserving my culture and heritage. It is a combination of my history of learning, hands-on with Native American Art that I have the gift of being an Artist. By sharing my knowledge with people, they gain understanding of Native values, and respect Native American people, and their traditional Ojibwa proud way of life. I will continue my journey as an Artist."
Contemporary Native American artist Kent Estey is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe in Northwestern Minnesota. Kent’s lineage includes many self-taught artists where black-ash basketry, beading, birch-bark, and fiber artistry were everyday occurrences in his home. Kent’s preferred art form is painting with oils, acrylics, and inks. His paintings reflect feelings and emotions through his use of color and movement on the canvas. Kent says, “a lot of the time the art happens by listening to my feelings. The colors, movement, and elements fall into place creating something beautiful and intimately meaningful.” Some of his most recent work incorporates the use of rock, metal, and collage on canvas and board. Kent’s work has been exhibited in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Bemidji, and other regional exhibitions and galleries in Minnesota.
NECKLACES & STAFFS
by ALDENE SOUKUP
More Coming Soon!
JULY 22 / 1-3 P.M.
HIP HOP ARTIST
Sten Joddi, a member of the Mvskoke Nation of Oklahoma, is one of today's most prolific Native hip hop artists. His Native culture and a love for hip hop and tattoos has given Sten Joddi a voice to the unique struggle that most of America has been blind to – growing up and surviving as a Native. In addition to his recording career, he is known for his roll as Bear's absent Father 'Punkin Lusty' in the award-winning FX Networks TV series, "Reservation Dogs," now streaming on Hulu.
Growing up on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in Northern Minnesota, Annie lived in a home filled with voices made of thunder and nothing could stop it. Her parents were brilliant people individually – her father, a singer and musician and her mother an artist and poet. Together they made sadness. Each taught Annie the beautiful things they knew. They showed her that she carried their gifts in her hands too. This is how creating art and music came about for her. This is what saved her. This is how she lives now. Annie has 4 children and 2 grandsons. She has a handsome, Indian, horseman husband. They inspire her spirit and her art.
HOOP DANCE FUSION
As world-renowned dancers, Lumhe and Samsoche Sampson (Mvskoke Creek/Seneca) – a.k.a. the the Sampson Brothers – strive to promote cultural pride, unity, and hope by setting a positive example through art, education, and dance. Giving back to their tribe and the Indigenous community as a whole by breaking stereotypes and creating opportunities for generations to come, the Sampson Brothers aim to be successful artists but also use that success to educate others while keeping their culture alive.
Doyle Turner mixes elements of folk, rock and Americana into songs that seek connection. Growing up in Naytahwaush, Minnesota, he is a proud Anishinaabe person and a member of the White Earth Nation. Firmly rooted in Cash and Kristofferson, Doyle’s songs feature lyrics that find you where you are with a warm voice that guides you back home. Doyle has produced or performed on over nine recordings and collaborates with artists state-wide. His latest single “Star Gazing” was released March 7, 2022. Doyle is working on a new album for release September 17th, 2022.
COME TO THE SHOW |
An array of cultural entertainment featuring an Art+Fashion Show on Friday and Music+Dance Performances on Saturday. Enjoy a Traditional Tea Bar at each show to boot!