Writing/Essay/Journal
The exhibit Mni Sota: Reflections of Time and Place highlights tradition through the lens of innovation, recognizing that tradition is built on moments of innovation. Beadwork is an example of a new product that was introduced through trade into an already established American Indian artistic practice.

Describe a tradition from your culture or history and try to identify an innovation that influenced it. Also, try to identify a current innovation that may lead to a new tradition.

Activity
Francis Yellow’s series What I Learned in Boarding School addresses a traumatic time in his history. Visit the Minnesota Humanities Center Resource Collection and do a key word search of “boarding schools” to access several video interviews about this topic. Select one of the interviews and write a paragraph describing your thoughts or reactions.