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Logo of Takuwe exhibition. Click on it for information about its design.

Opened

2018 at The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, SD

2018 at Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center, Chamberlain, SD

2018-2019 at South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, SD

2019 at Dahl Arts Center, Rapid City, SD

2020 at Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT

2020 at The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, WY

The idea for this exhibit is one Lakota word: Takuwe. In English: Why. The focus of the exhibit is the 1890 massacre of Lakotas at Wounded Knee, but includes historical context leading to the massacre, along with contemporary context related to land issues and opportunities at Wounded Knee today.

The exhibit begins with positives and ends with a call to action. The idea was to have over 300 Lakotans participating in the exhibit. Twenty-nine will be visual artists who create original works for the core of the exhibit. The number 29 references the 29th of December, the day of the massacre. Seven poets and seven musicians will also be included. And there will be an installation piece of 300 small artworks, each a 5-inch square. The creators of these 300 artworks will represent the 300 Lakotas who were massacred at Wounded Knee.

Exhibit partners are Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center and the South Dakota Art Museum.

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