Braiding Our Stories Together is an interactive and intergenerational public art display for the Northern Spark Festival 2021 is co-curated and co-led by Youth Organizers of Indigenous Roots and the International Indigenous Youth Council – Twin Cities Chapter in partnership with Artist and Elder Gustavo Boada. This public art piece is a 3D representation of traditional stories, ancestral teachings, poems and songs that have been passed down from one generation to the next. It will be installed at Imniza Ska (specifically Hamm Park), ancestral lands of the Dakota and Ojibwe peoples.
Hamm Park has been selected because of its open and visible space on the 7th Street Cultural Corridor/ Intertribal Mural Corridor as well as the close proximity to Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center for easy maintenance.
People and Organizations Involved:
Indigenous Roots is a 501(c)3 arts organization dedicated to building, supporting, and cultivating opportunities for Indigenous peoples and communities of color through cultural arts and activism. In partnership, Indigenous Roots and International Indigenous Youth Council are proposing to bring the public art display to Imniza Ska (specifically Hamm Park) in Saint Paul. (https://indigenous-roots.org/
The IIYC seeks to organize youth through education, spiritual practices and civic engagement to create positive change in our communities. Through action and ceremony, the IIYC commits to building a sustainable future for the next seven generations. (https://indigenousyouth.org/)
Mary Anne Quiroz (Co-Director of Indigenous Roots), Reyna Day and Ruti Mejia, (Youth Curators and Organizers for Indigenous Roots and International Indigenous Youth Council – Twin Cities Chapter) will be the main contacts for this project at Hamm Park to ensure transportation, maintenance, repair and additional logistics regarding this public display to be in good standing with Hamm Park and its surrounding residents and businesses.