Gwen Westerman is a professor, fiber artist, poet and an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate. This quilt was included in the 2016 exhibit "Reframe Minnesota: Art Beyond a Single Story," which took place at All My Relations Gallery in Minneapolis. It tells the real story of Minnesota and shows the historical truth that befpre surveyors "modern" techniques of classifying land and forming cities and towns out of grid-lines, place and home were defined by the rivers and lakes of the state. The horses and riders seen throughout the quilt signify the unbound territory of the Dakota homeland. Westerman's art is also in the permanent collections of the Red Cloud Heritage Center Museum in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, the University Art Galleries at the University of South Dakota, and the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul.
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