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The Great Northern Festival – Learning from Place: Bdote

February 5, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm CST

Image detail is from the Minneapolis (Village of Many Lakes) & St Paul (Village along the White Cliffs) map created by artist Marlena Myles.

Image detail is from the Minneapolis (Village of Many Lakes) & St Paul (Village along the White Cliffs) map created by artist Marlena Myles.

Learning from Place: Bdote is an immersive experience offered by the Minnesota Humanities Center that invites participants to visit, inhabit, and expand their understanding of Twin Cities sites with deep significance to Dakota people. Participants learn from Dakota community members to reconsider their relationship to land, water, sky, and all life—including other humans—through stories and perspectives that are often left out of our state’s history.

Bdote is a Dakota word that generally means “where two waters come together.” The bdote where Ȟaȟáwakpa (Mississippi River) and the Mnísota Wakpá (Minnesota River) come together is central to Dakota spirituality and history. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding about Dakota people’s relationship to the place we now call Minnesota and will be encouraged to put newfound knowledge to action and further learning.

Event Content Leads

Ramona Kitto Stately is an enrolled member of the Santee Sioux Nation. Her educational background includes a BA in Dakota Art and Culture, and a MAE-Teacher Leadership. She worked in Indian Education for the Osseo Area School District 2005-2020 and has been the Chairperson of the Minnesota Indian Education Association since 2018. Currently she serves as the Project Director of We Are Still Here MN.

Ethan Neerdaels, Bdewakantunwan Dakota, is a graduate of the University of Minnesota – American Indian Studies/Dakota Language programs. He currently teaches the Dakota language at Augsburg University, and co-directs the Indian Education program at Osseo Area Schools. He also serves as the Executive Director of Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakičhiye, a 501c3 dedicated to reversing the trend of language loss and raising future generations of Dakota speakers.

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This event will primarily be outdoors so dress accordingly.

A Minnesota state parks vehicle permit is required (one-day permit is $7).

More detailed information will be sent to all registrants during the week of January 30.

This event is offered in partnership with The Great Northern as part of its 2023 festival.


K-12 educators will receive 2 clock hours.

Registration Questions: registrations@mnhum.org



February 5, 2023
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm CST
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Fort Snelling State Park
101 Snelling Lake Road
St. Paul, MN 55111 United States
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