Wakpa Triennial Opening Day Celebrations


Saturday, June 24
11 AM – 12:30 PM
Raspberry Island, Saint Paul
Schubert Club Bandshell


On this first day that Triennial art projects and installations will be open to the public, we launch the Wakpa Triennial with a ceremonial event in the heart of Wakpa Tanka, the Mississippi, on Raspberry Island. Amidst the river bluffs of downtown Saint Paul, we will honor the river, Dakota land, and hear from musicians and poets.

Oyate Hotanin will host a Dakota ceremony, create a flower mosaic, one of their signature artworks, and lead a Round Dance that everyone may participate in. The Buffalo Weavers, 2022 Winner of Best Native American Duo, will share songs. Winners of the 2023 Sidewalk Poetry Contest, led by Public Art Saint Paul with the Saint Paul Almanac and the City of Saint Paul, whose work explores our “network of mutuality,” will read their new poems.

Based in Saint Paul, Oyate Hotanin (Voice of the People) is an indigenous organization working to lead a movement for the next 500 years that supports a new era of art, healing, and change. The organization exists to creatively channel the potential of conversation, stories, art and mobilizing to bring communities together to laugh, think, inspire healing, and to address critical issues that spur social change.