Akiktonz'a S'ni Art Exhibit

Aug 01 - Aug 28

  • Admission: Free with entry into the Garden

Akiktonz’a S’ni utilizes beading, dreamcatcher technique, hide, and sinew to understand the intergenerational effects of the Residential Schools. Jessie Jannuska’s ancestry is mixed Dakota, Ojibway, and settler. She was raised in an environment affected by the intergenerational effects of Residential Schools. As an artist, she is interested in understanding how this trauma shapes relationships in her family. Akiktonz’a S’ni addresses the experience of poverty, addiction, and loss of Indigenous culture. Residential Schools were in operation in Canada for over one hundred years. Residential Schools have been operating in her family for her entire life.

This media was traditional to Indigenous peoples and had a ten thousand-year history on this land. The tactile quality of these materials offers a history to her work. Many of these techniques were learned from Jannuska’s elders and knowledge keepers. Jessie is grateful to these elders and knowledge keepers who have helped her create and understand this work – Barb Blind, Julia Brandon, Frank Tacan, Roberta MacKinnon and her grandfather Mervin Demas. That act of visiting an elder or knowledge keeper continues to be important to her practice.

Akiktonz’a S’ni means ‘Not Forgotten’ in Dakota.