Dakota artist, poet connects people, history to land - virtual workshop July 27

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Dakota artist, poet connects people, history to land at July 27 workshop


SINSINAWA, Wis.—Dakota artist Gwen Nell Westerman will share her work and how the power of poetry and song help tell our stories and connect us to the land at Listening to the Land at 7 p.m. CDT Tuesday, July 27. The program is being offered virtually by Sinsinawa Mound Center. Nell Westerman is a citizen of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe and lives in southern Minnesota, as did her Dakota ancestors. Her roots are deep in the tallgrass prairie and reveal themselves in her art and writing. She values the place names in the landscape that connect us to the language, history, and culture of the peoples who have lived there. A visual artist and poet, she is the author of “Follow the Blackbirds,” a poetry collection written in Dakota and English, and the coauthor of “Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota.” The fee is $10 per person, and the registration deadline is July 26 at 4 p.m. Please register by contacting Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visiting our website at www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.