A Walkthrough of “Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island”

Minneapolis, MN – An art exhibition called, “Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island,” features sixteen indigenous artists who are highlighting the ongoing epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women.

MMIW Stats

In 2016 5,712 Missing Murdered Indigenous Women cases were reported. 116 were logged into the Department of Justice Database. 95% of cases were never covered by national media.

The exhibition is located at All My Relations Arts gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on display through June 21, 2019. Unicorn Riot attended the opening as a part of the February 14, 2019, events to raise awareness of missing and murdered indigenous women.

[Full unedited livestream of Art Opening and walk through with Curator Angela Two Stars]

Unicorn Riot spoke to Curator Angela Two Stars, of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux tribe, who walked us through the exhibition. She told us that her family had personal experience of losing a loved one and it was a catalyst for what she wanted to do with the show.

Walk through of the MMIW art exhibit “Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island.” from Unicorn Riot on Vimeo.

When something terrible happens to a family. It still hurts. You know? Years have gone by. I thought about the audience that was coming to see the show. I wanted them to experience this in a safe place, to be able to experience those emotions. And also just raise awareness to the public that this is an ongoing issue.” – Angela Two Stars

Curator Angela Two Stars stands next to artist Avis Charley’s Trajectories,
featured as part of the “Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island” exhibit.

Artists were prompted for submissions for the exhibition, with questions like, “What does it mean to be Missing? How are the families and loved ones affected and how do we create sanctuary, recovery, and healing.” 

Safe Place by Janice Rabideaux, Maec-Wiskenukiw featured as part of “Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island,” exhibit.

The Curator also asked artists to think about, “Where are your thoughts on awareness and prevention of Missing, Murdered, and the Human Trafficking of Indigenous women and girls and what must be done to turn the tide on this epidemic social ill?” These questions brought together the the artists featured at the gallery.

Robert Martinez, Not Just a Number I, Not Just a Number II, and Not Just a Number III, featured as part of “Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island,” exhibit.

When we ended our walk through with Curator Angela Two Stars, she told us the artist were pushing for awareness and she hoped that the show would be able to tour so other audiences would be able to see it.

“This is an issue that’s ongoing we’re still affected. It happens daily. Therefore the art is still able to be ongoing and be able to talk about it.” — Angela Two Stars

The exhibition is at All My Relations Arts gallery through June 21, 2019.

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