Marlena Myles, Tamara Aupaumut, Elsa Hoover, Dawí, James D. Autio and Jess Grams,
Haŋyétu Wówapi Thípi (The Night Library)

Indigenous political actions often rely on the occupying of spaces built on their home lands, and for two nights the Franklin Library will become a cultural embassy held as a place to welcome residents of our lands and accommodate the need for Indigenous education and community greeting. Explore the transformation of the Franklin Library into Haŋyétu Wówapi Thípi (Night Library) an event to inspire the community through Indigenous language and stories.

Marlena Myles is a Spirit Lake Dakota/Mohegan/Muscokee Creek artist. She has exhibited at the Sioux Indian Museum, the Heritage Center on the Pine Ridge reservation, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and more. Marlena uses her art help the public understand the significance of Native oral traditions and history.

Tamara Aupaumut is a multidisciplinary artist whose work articulates explorations of life and death, survival and perseverance, creation and destruction. Her art has recently been featured at Two Rivers Gallery and in the Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters Of Turtle Island exhibition. As an Art Director her work can be seen in the award-winning short film 100,000 Miles a Second.

Elsa Hoover is a designer and mapmaker who focuses on collaborative practices to communicate Indigenous work across disciplines, territories, and time. Based in Minneapolis, Elsa is an architectural designer at DeVetter Design Group and an editorial fellow with the Avery Review. She studies Anishinaabemowin and works to find good roles as a mixed, queer, urban Anishinaabe person.

Dawí (Huhá Máza) was born in North Georgia in 1986, and moved to Minneapolis in 2012 where he started studying Dakhóta language for his career, he is a lineal descendant of the Bdewákhaŋthuŋ via the Santee Sioux tribe of Nebraska. He currently teaches Dakhóta at Augsburg Fairview Academy, and at the Minneapolis American Indian Center and is an editor/technician for Dakhóta iápi Okhódakichiye.

James D. Autio is a poet and visual artist in Minneapolis. James’ poems have appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies. As an artist, James works in many various media: charcoal drawing on grocery bags, acrylic painting, woodblock printing, digital photography and video, and traditional indigenous arts. James is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe.

Jess Grams is a Twin Cities based multimedia journalist and community organizer. As a performer, director, and producer Jess has worked on social justice centered film and theater projects for 15 years. She is currently shooting Minnesota Next, a docu-series that explores the spectrum of displacement marginalized peoples experience across the state. Jess was raised in rural Minnesota, and currently resides in Mahtomedi with her partner, two children, and two cats, Mimi and Musetta.

Team Credits: Allison Waukau, Becky Wolf, Elizabeth Cole, Amy McNally, Agleska Cohen-Rencountre, Marcie Rendon, PJ Maracle, Andrea Fairbanks, Kai Pyle, Steven Slow Bear, Hennepin County library staff and volunteers.


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9pm - 2am each night
Marlena Myles
(b.) New Haven, CT
(works) Saint Paul
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Tamara Aupaumut
(b.) traditional Luiseño/Payómkawichum territory
(works) Minneapolis, on Dakhóta territory
Elsa Hoover
(b.) Minneapolis
(works) Minneapolis
(b.) North Georgia
(works) Minneapolis
James D. Autio
(works) Minneapolis
Jess Grams
(b.) Minnesota
(works) Minneapolis and Saint Paul