Nick Hernandez showed up early for his workshop so he could meet and visit with members of our Gimaajii Youth Market Team. They educated Nick on their Indigenous Food and Indigenous products, how they are made and how they sell their products and Nick educated them about his bee, chicken, and garden farm/business. Great trade in information. The Youth also gave Nick a tour of the Gimaajii Gardens. So great for these Urban Anishinaabe youth entrepreneurs meet a Lakota Business owner who is doing similar work as themselves.
Nick Hernandez is a member of the Oglala Lakota Oyate and a citizen of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Nick is the partner to Liz Welch and the father of two boys Alee Jax and Kai Tyndall Hernandez. In 2019 Nick earned a master’s degree in Lakota Leadership and organizational management from the Oglala Lakota College (Kyle, SD). in 2015 Nick helped to develop the Food Sovereignty Initiative for Thunder Valley CDCand managed the initiative for 4 years as its Director. Today, through his many years of developing experience, training, partnerships and education in the realm of agriculture and food systems for his community and people. Nick’s passion and dedication are focused on developing Indigenous agriculture and food systems designed to regenerate healthy equitable communities, economies and our environments.
Wisconsin artists Christopher Sweet and Scott Hill have been selected as the featured artists at a show titled “The Art of Huuc Co & Wakatatlihuni” in the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center (202 W. 2nd Street, Duluth, MN). The exhibit, which opened on August 9th, features a variety of paintings and some sculptural work by the artists. Their work is diverse and colorful, playing on different themes from their cultural heritage in contemporary mediums.
Christopher Sweet’s Ho-Chunk name is Huuc Co pronounced (Hoonch-Cho) meaning Blue Bear. He and his family reside in the south central area of Wisconsin. Sweet attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and his specialty is acrylic painting. In recent years, he’s explored methods of adding texture to his work. He states that creating art has helped him focus on the important things in his life which include family, unity & healthy ways. He has a quiet nature and sometimes has trouble expressing himself, but art eases that challenge, letting his different moods, thoughts & feelings take shape on the canvas.
Says Sweet, “My mind is always trying to find the right path in a painting, so when I begin a process there are sometimes a few other paintings underneath the completed piece of work. It can be a long journey but it is always a therapeutic experience.”
Facebook page: C Sweet Native Art
Scott Hill (Wakatatlihuni) is an Oneida artist, born and raised on the Oneida Reservation in Wisconsin. He was given the Wakatatlihuni, which translates to “he teaches himself”. The name fits his persona - as Wakatatlihuni, he is self-taught, not only in art, but across life’s spectrums. Scott has been practicing art for over 25 years in his studio/gallery, located in Oneida, creating work across mediums including pencil, clay, paint, stone sculpture, fabric arts and more.
Facebook page: Wahta Hill Design