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Art Contemporary (1945-)

The Sioux Project—Tatanka Oyate

by (artist) Dana Claxton

edited by Timothy Long

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Initial publish date
May 2021
Contemporary (1945-), Native American
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The Sioux Project—Tatanka Oyate fills a major gap in the mainstream understanding of contemporary Sioux aesthetics in North America with a specific focus on the knowledge and practices of Lakota/Nakota/Dakota (Sioux) communities in Saskatchewan, Canada. The publication reflects over three years of on-the-ground research involving a team led by Lakota video/performance artist Dana Claxton, art historian Lynne Bell, artist Gwenda Yuzicappi, and filmmaker Cowboy Smithx. The video footage gathered over the course of multiple visits to Sioux communities across Saskatchewan formed the basis of Claxton's four-channel video installation at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan in 2017.

The Sioux Project—Tatanka Oyate was presented with the 31st annual Melva J. Dwyer Award by the Canada Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA).

About the authors

Dana Claxton is a Canadian interdisciplinary artist of Lakota Sioux descent. Her work includes film and video, installation and performance art, and centres on concerns of beauty, justice, autonomy and spirit. She is represented in public collections, has been shown internationally, and has received numerous awards including the VIVA Award from the Doris and Jack Shadbolt Foundation for her commitment to contemporary art in Vancouver; and in 2007 became an Eiteljorg Fellow sponsored by the Ford Foundation. She has held positions as Adjunct Professor at Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver; Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver; 2009/10 Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowed Chair in Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby; and was a founding director of the Indigenous Media Arts Group, Vancouver.

Dana Claxton's profile page

Timothy Long has been Head Curator at the MacKenzie Art Gallery since 2001. His landmark exhibitions of Saskatchewan artists include: David Thauberger: Road Trips & Other Diversions (2013); Tactile Desires: The Work of Jack Sures (2011); and Joe Fafard (2007). His recent publications include: After Presence: Problems of Presence in Contemporary Art (MacKenzie Art Gallery, 2013) and The Vaults: Art from the MacKenzie Art Gallery and University of Regina Collections (with Stephen King, University of Regina Press, 2013).

Timothy Long's profile page


  • Winner, Melva J. Dwyer Award

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