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Missy Whiteman

Meet the artist

Missy Whiteman
missy whiteman portraitMissy Whiteman (Northern Arapaho and Kickapoo) is an Emmy-nominated writer, director, producer and multi-media artist. Missy understands her work to be a voice for her ancestors, their stories and ancestral wisdom. Her late father, Ernest Whiteman, influenced her work with the gift of artistic vision and practice of art as a ceremony.

Many of Missy’s films have screened on international, national and local venues such as The Walker Art Center, National Geographic All Roads Festival and Bilabo Spain. Missy is a current recipient of the McKnight Fellowship for Media Arts, a Forecast Public Art Mid-Career grant and is the alumni of The Sundance Native Lab Fellowship and Jerome Fellowship for her short film project The Coyote Way: Going Back Home. Her current project, The Coyote Way X: Expanded Cinema is a multidimensional cinematic experience of The Coyote Way: Going Back Home short film intertwined with performance, live score, video mapping and 360/VR.

To learn more about Missy Whiteman, follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at @going_back_home and @Missy_Whiteman.

About her art

While based in part Indigenous traditional practices and perspectives, her work also addresses themes of historical genocide, loss of culture and land in relation to colonization. Missy questions the connection of life, death, the spirit world and the rebirth process of revitalizing DNA memory, spirit healing and redefinition of cultural identity.

honor our legacy by missy whiteman
Honor Our Legacy
by Missy Whiteman

honor our elders by missy whiteman
Honor Our Elders
by Missy Whiteman

In a time when we are lost on earth, we must look to the past, to our origin stories, the stars, and connection to Mother Earth to help us find our way.

Whirlwind Woman is a significant part of the creation of the Arapaho People, (Hinonoeino) She brought quillworking to the tribe and signifies the creative power of women and the importance of our women in society.

The whirlwind symbol signifies all of creation and is at the center of our world. Our ancestors thought of us and prayed for us to be here today, they ensured that we would always have a connection to our ancestral ways and traditional teachings.

Additional resources:
Is Nothing Sacred? Corporate Responsibility for the Protection of Native American Sacred Sites – Sacred Land Film Project
Sacred Native American Sites Are Not Your Playgrounds – Outside Magazine


About the digital artists’ cohort

We Are Still Here will re-center Native voices and stories in the Hennepin Theatre District and the Native American Cultural Corridor through the work of a Native artists’ cohort working in a variety of digital and analog media, leading to a large-scale public art project by fall 2020. All My Relations Arts and Hennepin Theatre Trust have committed to this multiyear partnership to weave Native culture back into Hennepin Avenue with temporary and permanent art that engages Native and non-Native people in a deeper sense of place and share future.

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