Join us for a 6 day Arts Intensive in the sacred Black Hills! Local and visiting artists from around the globe will teach classes in Dance, Filmmaking, Music, Music Production, Writing, Photography, Visual Art, Theater, and a full spectrum of Traditional Arts. Applications due May 31st!
We are UPGRADING the LIFELINE and we need a new POSTER!
We are conducting a special art contest to come up with a design for a new poster for our updated LIFELINE, which now includes a text line that kids can text if they need someone to talk to. The winner wins a cash prize, art supplies, a certificate, and gets to work with a professional graphic designer! DEADLINE is MAY 15th.
Congratulations to everyone who submitted to our February 2019 Art Contest: LAKOTA! We awarded artists in three age categories. Every student who enters earns points every time they submit, to save up for great prizes in our Creator’s Club!
Congratulations to all our winners!
The theme for the April Contest is DREAM!
What does that word make you think of? Your hopes and dreams? Dreaming at night? A color, a sound, a place? You can interpret this idea any way you want. You can use painting, drawing, photography, collage, poetry, stories, video, music, dance – anything original that the theme of the month inspires you to create! It is all up to your imagination – we encourage all forms of creativity! Deadline for submissions is APRIL 1st.
Congratulations to everyone who submitted to our December 2018 Art Contest: INSPIRATION! We awarded artists in three age categories. Every student who enters earns points every time they submit, to save up for great prizes in our Creator’s Club!
Congratulations to our award winners:
The theme for February’s contest is LAKOTA!
You can interpret this idea any way you want. You can use painting, drawing, photography, collage, poetry, stories, video, music, dance – anything original that the theme of the month inspires you to create! It is all up to your imagination – we encourage all forms of creativity!
2018 was a record breaking year at Mitakuye!
We had more students than ever submitting to our Creators Club and Art Contests!
We ran multiple Hoye Wayelo Arts Immersion programs this summer including our first ever sleep away intensive in the Black Hills! The Intensives bring local artists and visiting artists from all over the globe to work with young Lakota Artists in the fields of Dance, Music, Music Production, Visual Arts, Filmmaking, Photography, Writing, and a full spectrum of Traditional Arts including: Traditional Brain Tanning, Beadwork, Plant Medicines, and Traditional Flutes.
Check out the song the music students created here:
Check out the films the students made here:
We took the art to the streets with students in Pine Ridge.
We did several Residencies at Crazy Horse School in Wanblee where we taught dance, music, writing, filmmaking and music production.
Students wrote and recorded an original song you can listen to here:
They also filmed a music video that will be out at the beginning of the year!
We connected with thousands of students across the reservation in our Spring and Fall school tours and handed out hundreds of awards to contest winners and Creator’s Club participants!
Every school is supplied with posters for The LIFELINE – our 24 hour help line run by leaders from the Sweetgrass Project and BEARs program.
We had another beautiful year for the Annual 500 Mile Sacred Hoop Prayer Run.
Footage of our runners from the Standing Rock Prayer run were featured in the award winning film AWAKE: A Dream From Standing Rock.
The Thunderlake Lakota Nation Boxing Club for Girls and Boys toured all over the region. Students won many of their matches this year including the regional and national Silver Gloves Championships!
Our Holiday Toy Drive sent out 2 huge shipments to Wakpamni village in Pine Ridge. The Holiday community dinner and give-away is one of many community safe events we sponsor.
We have a full roster of programs and events lined up for 2019!
Help us get the new year off to a great start by making an End Of Year contribution here:
We had a record number of submissions for our October 2018 Art Contest: NATURE!
Congratulations to everyone who submitted!
A CALLING TO THE LIGHT
High and Low.
I find it comforting how rivers flow.
My spirit lives in my hair
I pray the days I cut it are numbered rare
Winters pass like a heard of bison
White men came and stole the land
Now a company goes by tyson
They kill animals as if its grand
Dying from greed
Unnecessary numbers for feed
We see the trouble
Yet our minds turn to rubble
We do nothing
We forgot who we are.
We can do something
But all we want is that new car.
Pipelines polluting water
We fought but almost faced slaughter.
Our people are falling apart!
Being poked and prodded by darts!
What are we anymore?
Joining forces with the rival!
Now we believe it from the core!
When the start was just for survival..
We gave up on environment.
Our hearts seem to be in retirement.
We can bring old ways back!
Stop cutting our fears slack!
Unči makȟa is blight
Let’s save our grandmother!
Bring back the light
What do you say sister, brother?
Let’s call to the light.
Honorable Mention: Mae WhapeToWin Tobacco, Age 15
Merit Award: Lily DuBray, Age 16 – “Stare and Nothing”
We are collecting NEW, UNWRAPPED toys for kids ages 9 months to 18 years.
Pick ups in Los Angeles are December 15th and 16th. If you would like to set up a drive in your community please let us know. You can also donate directly to the toy fund: https://mitakuyefoundation.com/donate/ – and note “Toy Fund” in the program box.
Wopila! Thanks to your support this has been our biggest donation weekend ever!!
Thank you Allen Salaway @lilnativeboy for your steadfast support of Native youth. And thank you to everyone who shared his article and donated to all the worthy causes @lilnativeboy has brought to light. Your support directly affects the lives of so many native youth. These are the voices we need to support. These are the voices that are changing the narrative!