Layli Long Soldier, Oglala Lakota, and Tilda St. Pierre, Oglala Lakota, will lead the November sessions of Racing Magpie's Winter Camp, presented in a virtual setting. The workshop will take place at noon on Nov. 22 and Nov. 23.
Long Soldier and St. Pierre will be presenting a two-day poetry workshop entitled "A Capacity for the Unlimited Within Constraints," a two-part workshop to compose poems written entirely in Lakota language with elegance, surprise and depth.
Long Soldier will present "Cultivating a Relationship of Reciprocity, Artist to Art," a youth-focused presentation, Nov. 24 at 5:30 p.m. The presentation is geared toward developing creative ethics to enrich personal and community growth and, thereby, refuses the capitalistic pull to become art machines.
Long Soldier holds a B.F.A. from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an M.F.A. from Bard College. Her poems have appeared in POETRY Magazine, The New York Times and elsewhere. The award-winning author has composed works like Chromosomory (Q Avenue Press, 2010) and WHEREAS (Graywolf Press, 2017).
St. Pierre has taught beadwork, quillwork and Lakota cooking for Cloud Horse Art Institute Since 2007. For much of the last 15 years she has been involved in the South Dakota State Arts Council’s Artist Apprentice Program as a Master Artist. Recently Tilda has been involved with acquiring an abandoned Head Start Campus into the first Native American arts teaching facility in the history of South Dakota and the Northern Plains.
The Winter Camp program reimagines the Lakota model of problem solving and community building in today’s world by examining the deeper reasons why Lakota people do things the way they do and why they interact with the universe around them. These events will function under Lakota cultural goals of sharing, cultural vitality, and community building, with at least one monthly activity geared towards youth participants and one towards a general audience. Events will be free to the public with limited space available and will target Lakota community members as both presenters and attendees.
Racing Magpie features a contemporary Native gallery, affordable artist studios, and active community programming. Their mission is to support creative and innovative projects by Native artists; they believe this support builds bridges, strengthens communities and creates opportunities for social and racial divides to shrink.
For the foreseeable future, the events will be shown virtually through Zoom and/or Facebook Live for maximum safety and accessibility. Support for the Winter Camp program is generously provided through a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Bush Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
These engaging events are designed to center Lakota voices and cultural knowledge, build understanding, and deepen knowledge and trust about art, culture, and community. Participation is free, and registration can be found at Racing Magpie's Facebook page and website - www.racingmagpie.com.