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Mona M. Smith

Mona M. Smith, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota, is a media artist, educator and the owner of Allies: media/art.

A former college-level educator, Smith has produced work that has been broadcast through PBS and other networks, shown at festivals, conferences and museums in the Europe, and North and South America.

Her work has won multiple awards from Native and Non-Native film and video festivals. Her most recent work has been in new media, developing art pieces for the web, creating sites for web distribution of Native focused media, and multimedia installation work, most notably, “Cloudy Waters; Dakota Reflections on the River,” in the experimental gallery at the Minnesota History Center in 2004-2005, and at the Experiential Gallery of irgiiaTech, 2010, “City Indians” for the Ancient Traders Art Gallery of Minneapolis in 2006-2007, “Mnisota Dakota Home” at Form + Content Gallery, “Presence,” a multi-media/live installation/event at Mill City Museum Ruins Courtyard on the Minneapolis Riverfront in 2010, and the Bdote Memory Map in partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center, and work with the Telling River Stories project of the University of Minnesota.

She and her family make their home near the Maka Cokiya Kin (center of the earth) in south Minneapolis, Minnesota overlooking Wakpa Cistinna (Minnehaha Creek).

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