Meet at Mia: In Our Hands
Join us to experience In Our Hands: Native Photography, 1890 to Now with unique programs, music, and tours. This event is free and open to the public. Food and drink are available for purchase.
Members at all levels can experience In Our Hands for free during Meet at Mia. Learn more about membership here or join in person at the event.
Music DJ Bleak Roses, 5-9pm
Art Making Found photo collage, 5-8:30pm
Art Making Watercolor with Wóokiye wiŋ, 5:30-8:30pm
Demonstration Beadwork by Holly Nolan of Lillie Nell, 5:30-7pm, 7:30-9pm
Demonstration Birchbark biting and quillwork by Wanesia Misquadace, 5-9pm
Demonstration Moccasins by Cole Redhorse Taylor, 5-9pm
Film Cara Romero: Following the Light (27 min), 6pm, 7pm, 8pm
Food Trickster Tacos, 5:30-7:30pm
Drink Agra Culture, 5-9pm
Tours 30-minute guided tours, 6:30, 7, 7:30pm; 60-minute guided tour, 7pm
About DJ Bleak Roses
Juleana Enright (they/them) is an Indigenous, queer, non-binary writer, curator, sound and theatre artist living in Minneapolis. They are an enrolled member of the Lower Brule Lakota Tribe. Juleana is the Gallery and Programs Coordinator at All My Relations Arts and a current writers fellow for MnArtists. Their past roles have included Culture Editor for l’étoile magazine and Communications Specialist for Gamut Gallery. They have contributed to local platforms, Pride Magazine, mplsart, Primer and City Pages. As an independent curator, Juleana has curated four art exhibitions and was a recipient of the Emerging Curators Institute 2020-21 Fellowship program. Through their practice, Juleana strives to examine the act of daily creation in the midst of great chaos and explore what it means to be a contemporary 2spirit artist with a focus on Indigenous Futurism through art and performance.
About Holly Nolan
Holly Nolan is a Minneapolis-based beadwork artist and enrolled member of The MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians of Alabama. Her jewelry company Lillie Nell is not just a brand, but a bridge between generations. Holly’s work is dedicated to her paternal grandmother Lillie Nell, a traditional Choctaw dressmaker, who embodied remarkable strength, a strong work ethic, and deep care for the MOWA community, crafting garments that kept Choctaw heritage alive. Guided by her spirit, Holly carries forward her grandmother’s legacy in her beadwork, maintaining the thread of connection Lillie Nell so lovingly crafted.
Holly’s beadwork designs are inspired by the Choctaw language, mythology, and traditional dress. Each earring is handcrafted using the finest Japanese glass beads, nylon thread, and a delicate needle without the use of a bead loom. Every bead she stitches carries with it good thoughts and intentions, the needle and thread passing through each bead several times. From design conception to final stitch, each pair of Lillie Nell earrings takes 2-4 hours and contains an average of 1,200 beads.
About Wóokiye wiŋ
Wóokiye wiŋ is Dakota from Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. She received a Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies with a Language Track from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She has taught pre-school and high school in Saint Paul, MN, as a Dakota Language instructor. Her mentor for the Dakota language was the respected elder Caroline Schommer of Upper Sioux Community.
Currently, Wóokiye wiŋ is a teacher and freelance artist making jewelry, illustrating books, paintings, and Dakota language curriculum. Her hide painted earrings are featured at Indigenous First gallery in Duluth, MN. She uses both her Dakota and Ojibway background to influence her designs in her art. Much of her young life was spent on her mother’s reservation, Fond du Lac Reservation in northern Minnesota, before her family moved to her father’s Reservation at Upper Sioux Community in southwest Minnesota.
Wóokiye wiŋ lives in Saint Paul with her husband and children. Both her parents are artists, and she continues the artist tradition of her family. You can find her work on her website, purchase original art from her instagram, and find her books here.
About Cole Redhorse Taylor
“I am Mdewakanton Dakota and enrolled with the Prairie Island Indian Community. We are located within the traditional boundaries of our homelands in Minnesota. I am a multidisciplinary artist working mostly in the traditional arts of my people, including beadwork, quillwork, and textile work in traditional regalia. Much of my work has been about unpacking our current relationship with our homelands, and to the US government and the deep historical trauma that came in its wake. I work towards celebrating our people as thriving conduits of our ancestor’s legacies and to solidify our presence.”