Get into your groove on the Walker’s rooftop with hot music, dancing, fashion, and more. Terrace Thursdays showcase a diverse lineup of inspirational individuals breaking boundaries in art and identity. Meet your people, meet new people, grab a drink, and make the most of summer!
Fashion. Compassion. Identity. Unity. Be the first to see the new collection from Native designer Delina White. Indigenous Spirit: Gender Fluid Fashion is about the celebration, recognition, and inclusion of nonconformity styles with the traditional woodland influence of the Great Lakes natural environment. It will feature Two Spirit models from across Minnesota, the US, and Canada to model the premiere of this new line. Hosted by Ondine the Siren Queen and Xochi de la Luna.
Thor BearsTail (Mandan Hidatsa, Ft. Berthold & Turtle Mountain Ojibwe, ND)
Darcie Big Bear (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, MN)
Orion Dagen-Goodsky (Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, MN)
Rebekah Dunlap (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, MN)
Cecelia LaPointe (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, WI & Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe, MI)
Geo Soctomah Neptune (Passamaquoddy Nation, Matahkomikuk Indian Township, ME)
Niibin Sprague (Saginaw Chippewa, Mt. Pleasant, MI)
Chadrick Toehay (Kiowa & Osage Tribes of Oklahoma)
Tony Villebrun (White Earth Ojibwe Nation, MN)
Art-Making: Maggie Thompson
Garden Terrace Room
Add to this temporary art installation designed by artist Maggie Thompson (Fond du Lac Ojibwe). See your work woven into the fabric of the night!
Music: DJ Bleak Roses
6–7:30 pm and 8:30–10 pm
Turn it up with DJ Bleak Roses (Kul Wicasa Oyate, SD) and dance away on the rooftop until sundown.
About Two Spirit
A gender role and sacred tradition in Native American cultures and communities across generations, Two Spirit has many definitions, and each is nation specific. The umbrella term, which bridges Native and western understandings of gender and sexuality, describes the embodiment of more than one gender residing in a single person. For more information about the history of the word, check out the video What Does Two-Spirit Mean?, hosted by Geo Soctomah Neptune. According to Delina White, “When we journey beyond tolerance and begin to appreciate individuality, only then can we embrace compassion for others and personal acceptance of ourselves.”
Delina White creates functional art using traditional methods and designs reflective of the natural woodland surroundings. She specializes in working with raw materials (hand-tanned leather, bones, and shells), metal implements (made of copper, silver, and brass), and items emulating the trade goods that first arrived in the Great Lakes area in the 1600s (such as glass beads, sequins, ribbon, buttons, coins, and mirrors). White mixes these traditionally indigenous materials with richly textured contemporary fabrics from around the world and incorporates her designs onto apparel and accessories including bags and moccasins.
Maggie Thompson (Fond du Lac Ojibwe) was born and raised in Minneapolis. In 2015, she received support from the Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership Grant and the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Regional Fellowship. Thompson received her BFA in textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013.
Juleana Enright (DJ Bleak Roses) is a Minneapolis-based/Lakota-born, nonbinary, queer femme writer, artist, promoter, art curator, and DJ. Their soundscapes draw from Jersey club, electro, afrobeat, Chicago house, futurefunk, R&B wave, and neo-soul. They are the co-curator of Feelsworldwide, a multisensory queer dance party and performance night at the intersection of art and emotion. They have curated two art exhibitions, including their solo curatorial debut, Soft Boundaries, which explored vulnerability narratives as acts of resistance, liberation, and healing.
Programming for Terrace Thursdays 2019 was designed in collaboration with a committee of local artists, activists, and community organizers. Thanks to Scott Artley, Machen Davis, Anthonia Eboreime, Nicky Leingang, Yoni Light, Oskar Ly, Meena Mangalvedhekar, Wintana Melekin, and Taja Will.