Forward by Mazinaakizige, the American Indian Teen Photography Project

 Mazinaakizige exhibit

Mazinaakizige, the American Indian Teen Photography Project, brings six young Native American artists together to develop their photography skills in a guided, supportive and culturally sensitive environment.

On display April 10 – May 30 in the library’s Cargill Gallery, the exhibit features a selection of photographs taken during the 12-week program that empower the artists’ indigenous identity, focused around the theme “Forward.” The exhibit will travel across the state of Minnesota throughout the 2017-2018 program year.

On Wednesday, April 11, join us for an opening reception from 6-7:30 p.m. with Gege Anishnaabeg Animkis (Old Time Aboriginal Thunderbirds) and spiritual advisor Jerry Lightfeather. Learn about the meaning of drumming, dancing and song to honor the Creator. Traditional memorial songs, round dance, and other songs will be performed with dancers from the Native American community. Aaron Lightfeather will facilitate conversation about the meaning of dewe’igan (drum), Anishnaabeg (Ojibwe) spirituality, how ceremonies help us through sickness and pain, and how to move forward as a community into hope, love and creativity.