Responsibilities and Obligations

Understanding Mitákuye Oyásʼiŋ

February 25, 2020 - August 15, 2019

Ruth & Seymour Landfield Atrium

Responsibilities and Obligations: Understanding Mitákuye Oyásʼiŋ features work by Clementine Bordeaux and Mary V. Bordeaux from Racing Magpie Gallery in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Mitákuye Oyásʼiŋ is a phrase in the Lakota language and culture that loosely translates to “we are all related” or “all my relatives.” It is used by Lakota and non-Lakota alike. The phrase has been appropriated as an all-encompassing idea of inclusiveness. This exhibition is a reflective journey highlighting Lakota female perspectives surrounding the idea and concept of Mitákuye Oyásʼiŋ. The project aims to engage Lakota artists, scholars and general audiences to reflect on the (mis)appropriation of this phrase through mixed and multimedia installations. The exhibition provides an opportunity to share the Lakota language and build understanding among the Titonwan communities of the region and the Native and non-Native populations in the Fargo Moorhead area through arts and culture.

Clementine Bordeaux is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate and was raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Bordeaux earned her graduate degree from the University of Washington, Seattle. Mary V. Bordeaux, Sicangu/Oglala Lakota, is the co-founder and owner of Racing Magpie. She received her BA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and MFA from the University of Arts, both in museum arts.

  • Clementine and Mary V. Bordeaux, Pȟahíŋ, cotton fabric, glue, wire mesh, MP3, Speakers, 48 x 17 x 10 in.

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