A Feast of Indigenous Art and People: Making Art that Speaks Truth to Power- Bringing the “Not Afraid to Look” Monument to the Duluth Area


DULUTH MN – Wednesday, October 3 -- Honor the Earth invites the Twin Ports community to the Feast of Indigenous Art and Indigenous People on Saturday, October 13th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Peace United Church of Christ in Duluth MN. 

This light feast will feature sculptor Charles Rencountre and (Lower Brule Sioux Nation-Kul Wicasa Oyate) with Alicia Rencountre-Da Silva (Mestiza and Muisca) and a discussion about their sculpture project, "NOT AFRAID TO LOOK" - Making Art that Speaks Truth to Power (read the project)

The original “Not Afraid to Look” monument at Standing Rock was created to speak truth to power in places that needed it.  The sculptor, Charles Rencountre says the piece was

“gifted through a lot of grit, long days and goodwill-- by myself as the sculptor and by the communities who knew it was important to build to face the Energy Transfer Partners pipeline that crossed the Missouri River directly above the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.  That nation is part of my Oceti Sakowin--The Seven Council Fires (Great Sioux Nation of the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota)-- so it is important for me as a human being to stand with our relatives, our relations, as all our relatives need clean water-- Water is both a gift and a right.

As artists and civic participants, we are invested in the vision of a global art movement that moves to shift the way popular culture responds to fear based paradigms within our societies. When social media and news focuses on mirroring our individual and collective fears, our global societies are fear driven. We see that paralysis, indifference, and overwhelm alongside greed, anger, and hatred (polarization), are all ways that fear takes hold of people. This causes great harm to our communities within the States and across the Earth. We believe that (community driven) art has the power to shift the paradigms of fear."

As the Line 3 pipeline battle looms over Duluth and the Northland, we have an opportunity to create a home for a third “Not Afraid to Look” monument, and in the process a series of community discussions about how we can come together to put truth and beauty in art. The piece could live in Duluth or potentially somewhere along Enbridge’s preferred route for the Line 3 pipeline.

Charles and Alicia will be in Duluth on October 12th and 13th to see about building a third monument with our community, to face Enbridge in some way, and to speak to what is at stake with line 3.

Please join Honor the Earth Executive Director, Winona LaDuke, local artist Jonathan Thunder, Renee VanNett and Babette Sandman to hear the story of this statue and lay the plans to create a home for “Not Afraid to Look.”


For more information, contact Alyssa: 612 385 1557 [email protected] .


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