SHAKOPEE, Minn. (FOX 9) – All month lengthy, the historical past and tradition of Native Individuals throughout the nation will likely be celebrated. And for one native indigenous group, Native American Heritage Month can be a chance to study.
Throughout the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux group sits a cultural middle and gathering house, which opened two years in the past.
“The title of the constructing is Hoċokata Ti, which implies ‘lodge on the middle of the camp,’ and it’s our group middle, cultural middle and public exhibit,” mentioned Andy Vig, constructing director.
The everlasting show capabilities as a historical past lesson highlighting darkish occasions, whereas additionally paying tribute to the tradition and language of the Dakota individuals.
“It’s a timeline the best way we designed it. We begin with our creation tales, and you then go till pre-contact period, you begin going into the fur commerce that occurred in Minnesota and you then enter into the treaty occasions,” Vig defined. “We felt that it was essential to inform our story from our eyes, our standpoint. Quite a lot of occasions, numerous museums will likely be telling the story a few sure tribe, however having the voices come from our individuals is de facto impactful.”
With an emphasis on unity, in 2019, they launched group day – a free occasion centered on sharing and studying. Now, after a one-year hiatus, the occasion is again.
“It’s totally academic. All through the constructing, we’ll have totally different classes – arts and crafts, Dakota language, the historical past of gaming of the state, and sovereignty and what that’s,” Vig mentioned. “We’re actually near the town, however I don’t know if lots of people even know that we’re right here. I hope they stroll away with a greater understanding of who we’re.”
The Mdewakanton Sioux community is one in every of 11 federally acknowledged sovereign Native American tribes in Minnesota. Saturday’s occasion goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.