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May 2 - August 7

The Takuwe exhibit is originated by the Center For American Indian Research And Native Studies (CAIRNS).

The idea for this exhibit is one Lakota word: Takuwe. In English: Why. The focus of the exhibit is the 1890 massacre of Lakotas at Wounded Knee, but it will include historical context leading to the massacre, along with contemporary context related to land issues and opportunities at Wounded Knee today.

The exhibit will begin with positives and end with a call to action. The idea is to have over 300 Lakotas participating in the exhibit. Twenty-nine will be visual artists who create original works for the core of the exhibit. The number 29 references the 29th of December, the day of the massacre. Seven poets and seven musicians will also be included. And there will be an installation piece of 300 small artworks, each a 5-inch square. The creators of these 300 artworks will represent the 300 Lakotas who were massacred at Wounded Knee.

Exhibit partners are Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center and the South Dakota Art Museum.

Takuwe is available to museum visitors beginning May 2 through September 7, 2020