Being the executive director of the Dakota Discovery Museum is not all glamour.
When an alarm sounds indicating the sump pump has failed, endangering the carefully maintained atmosphere at the museum, it always seems to happen in the middle of the night, according to Lori Holmberg, the museum’s executive director. “I come down and beat it into submission,” Holmberg said with a chuckle. “I get it to start again.” She also shifts displays and hauls art pieces from storage to the museum. Holmberg said the job entails selecting exhibits, raising money and doing whatever else needs to be done.
Mitchell, SD –The Dakota Discovery Museum is pleased to announce the September program of the Middle Border Lecture Series. Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, a member of the Crow Creek Sioux tribe, author and educator will present readings from her three novellas in Aurelia. The writings tell of the invasion of Indian lands, the destruction of the Missouri River, and the grief and joy of an American Indian family.
Disappointed with council’s decision
To the Editor:
I was at last night’s (Aug. 17) budget hearing at City Hall, representing the Dakota Discovery Museum, of which I am president of the board of directors.
To say I am disappointed at the council’s decision to not fund Cornerstones, the Dakota Discovery Museum and the Prehistoric Indian Village is understating my concerns.
He is covered in handmade regalia composed of bones, skins and other all-natural items, and he welcomes questions.
His name is Michael Ziegler, aka Zuya-Ile, or Flaming Warrior, and he has spent most of his life dancing as a way to keep his Lakota heritage alive while sharing it with those who may know little about his people.
“A lot of people don’t know the culture,” said Ziegler, a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. “All they know is what they learned in high school and history books.”
While viewing Harvey Dunn’s iconic “Dakota Woman” painting, with its forlorn-looking woman gazing out at the prairie, 10-year-old Kaylee Hart wondered what was on the woman’s mind.
“It looks kind of like she’s lonely, and sort of tired,” Hart said. “Maybe she’s waiting for someone to get done in the field.”
Eight-year-old Bridget Thill had her own theory.
“She looks likes she wants to go somewhere else,” Thill said. “Maybe she’s watching her husband out in the field.”
Joshua Haiar admits to daydreaming during class. In fact, it’s during class that he feels most inspired to create his art. “It’s just tempting,” said the Mitchell High School senior. “The teacher passes out papers, and the back sides of the paper are blank.” Visitors to the Dakota Discovery Museum will soon get to see some of his handiwork. His talents will be showcased in an art show titled “Observations” that opens Saturday and runs through June 6. Museum Director Lori Holmberg said she has always been impressed with Haiar’s work and has noticed his entries in several youth art shows in the past few years. “I think people probably don’t really realize the viewpoints that some of our younger people have,” Holmberg said. “They do watch the news, and they do know what’s going on in this world.”
Mitchell, SD – March is National Youth Art Month and to recognize students in our region the Dakota Discovery Museum is hosting the 2010 Youth Art Show. This annual exhibit offers South Dakota students the opportunity to show their work in a gallery setting and have it evaluated by professional artists.
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