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Published on October 08, 2018

Avera Exhibit to Honor Native American Culture in Sioux Falls

Avera’s Prairie Center again will serve as a stage for a compelling artistic display that honors Native American cultural traditions.

Avera is partnering with the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS) to present a tableau of artworks based on the history of Wounded Knee. The exhibit is titled “Takuwe (Why) – The 1890 Massacre of Lakotas at Wounded Knee”.

Craig Howe, PhD, CAIRNS Exhibit Curator said the display for 2018 will offer additional insights and he looks forward to the opportunity to share it with new audiences.

“This year we’re excited to share the story that relates to Wounded Knee. It gives tremendous perspective on the Lakota people and a historical tragedy,” he said. “We’re again thrilled to partner with Avera – the Prairie Center is a perfect venue for sharing this artwork that depicts the story in images and words.”

Howe’s organization is based on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This traveling community-based exhibit will be on display at the Prairie Center during October and consists of panels that show true-to-size photos of the original exhibit, which includes a wide range of paintings, wood-carving work and mixed media pieces.

Howe said these traveling exhibits bring the artwork to communities and can help teach children and adults this story’s significance.

“We’re proud to bring museum-quality exhibits and get them in front of Lakota people,” Howe said. “We see it as a cultural educational tool not just for American Indians, but for any community.”

Avera Health Director of Tribal Relations JR LaPlante said this is the third year that Avera has sponsored a Native Americans’ Day event in collaboration with CAIRNS, noting that the exhibit is an effective method of recognizing cultural connections and pointed to the importance of community dialogue.

“We encourage anyone to come out in October and take in the exhibit,” said LaPlante. “The opportunities for cross-cultural awareness are many and people will be amazed at this display and the history behind it.”

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