We we ni to tti ki "Those that make beautiful things"

A Symposium of the Art and Culture of the Meskwaki People

We we ni to tti ki ("Those that make beautiful things"), a symposium of the Art and Culture of the Meskwaki people, will be held on Saturday, January 6th from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Meskwaki Veteran's Convention Center and Red Earth Gardens. The event is FREE and open to the public. Submerge yourself in all things beautiful and spend a day dedicated to the art and culture of the Meskwaki community. Doors open at 8 AM with registration and continental breakfast (while supplies last). Flag posting with Meskwaki flag song and blessing by Tribal elder at 9 AM. Then join keynote speakers, artistians and presenters throughout the day. Lunch boxes and commemorative tee-shirts will be free and available while supplies last.

Weave and Create

During your visit, stop in to the Meskwaki Community artist gallery (located in the break out rooms) and watch Kickapoo artisans as they demonstrate the traditional art of Cattail mat making at the Red Earth Gardens (a short walk from the Convention Center). Engage and explore throughout the day with presentations on:

How do we define art? - with Duane Slick and Brenda Ackerman

Brenda Ackerman is a member of the Meskwaki Nation, and her design work is strongly imbued with its cultural traditions. Teacher and Senior Lecturer at Iowa State University, her work with Iowa State's apparel, merchandising and design program is often highlighted.

The history, use and revitalization of Twined Bags

A personal journey in the arts with Duane Slick

Duane Slick is a Meskwaki painter and storyteller, whose visual work includes black-and-white photo-realist paintings on linen and glass. His work has been described as “dream paintings whose aim is the exploration of matters spiritual, not physical.”

Beadwork - Past, Present, Future... with Terri Scott and Daniel Young Bear


Carving - Wooden Bowls, Spoons, Bone Dice and Pipes

The art form of Applique

appliqué: a decoration or ornament made by cutting pieces of one material and applying them to the surface of another.

AND SO MUCH MORE.... Mark your calendar to join us on Saturday, January 6th.

Sponsored by the Meskwaki Historic Preservation Department, with the support of the State Historical Society of Iowa, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Red Earth Gardens and the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa.

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