Originally Published by Duluth News Tribune
by By Lisa Kaczke
With only a few details left to paint on Friday afternoon, a jingle dress dancer looked out onto West Second Street in downtown Duluth from a mural painted on a wall high above.
The mural has been taking shape during the past month on an exterior wall of the American Indian Community Housing Organization's building in downtown Duluth.
Moira Villiard, arts and cultural program coordinator at AICHO, said there is a lack of Native American representation in the visual spaces of the city and with the new mural, there's no denying their presence.
The mural, which was funded through a grant AICHO received from Enterprise Community Partners, establishes "the indigenous voice as something that's here and a part of the community and incorporates it into the landscape of Duluth," Villiard said. "For so long, it's just been really under the surface, and when it's not visible, it's really easy for that voice to continuously get lost."
The mural is the artwork of Votan Ik, a Mayan from Los Angeles, and his assistant Derek Brown, a member of the Diné tribe in...