The Heart Of The Turtle Native American Art Show will be held at the Sky Dancer Hotel and Casino September 16th & 17th, 2016. This is the first time the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa is hosting a juried art show. Native American artists from North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota are invited to enter their artwork into the show. There are many categories with some great prize money in each division.
The submission date for art entries has been extended to September 10, 2016. Download Application
The Turtle Mountain Tribal Arts Association Native American Dance Troupe has been working on dance regalia since October 2015 through July 2016 in all styles of Native American Dance. Men, women and children ranging in all ages are participants in the dance troupe and have done very well creating and putting together their dance regalia. Most of the participants had never used a sewing machine, done any type of bead work or made leather moccasins, and most had not participated in any style of Native American dance. They have all done very well mastering each component of the project. Weekly class sessions were held 3 times a week to try and meet the needs of all participants. For their first official performance the dance troupe was invited to perform for the Rolette Nursing Home in Rolette ND. Each of the 10 dancers performed at least one dance in their preferred style of dance and closed with all dancers performing together. The performance was a huge success and well appreciated by the residents of the nursing home and staff members as well.
We have been busy as usual with many traditional art projects in Ladies Traditional Shawls, Native American Dolls, Leather Moccasins, and Traditional Beadwork. The continuation of Traditional Chippewa art projects is to enhance the community’s knowledge in our tribal art forms, how they were created and what materials were used in each art form. This is also our way of preserving our heritage and culture through the arts. In all projects the participants learn how to create Chippewa designs and to incorporate their own style into each project adding a new and updated version to the traditional arts.