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|From: patty guerrero (pattypaxicloud.com)|
|Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2017 11:23:35 -0700 (PDT)|
This email is from Susu Jeffrey and i thought some of you might want to go to this. patty > Begin forwarded message: > > From: Susu Jeffrey <susujeffrey [at] msn.com> > Subject: Dakota Scaffold/Dear White People (please share) > > > Dear White People, > Thursday, June 1, 2017 > > Where are you? I am missing you. Please come to the Walker Museum’s sculpture > garden under construction in Minneapolis, off Hennepin Avenue to witness the > 2-story Dakota scaffold on display in the public park. Come today. > > Tomorrow (Friday, June 2) at 2 pm, it will be de-constructed by an Indian > company, left in a pile until it is moved to Fort Snelling for ceremonial > burning. > > This sculpture is a replica of the 1862 gallows where 38 Dakota men were > hanged simultaneously, the day after Christmas in Mankato. Quite an > engineering feat to drop that main pole and release the floor under the feet > of 38 bound men. > > The mass hanging was witnessed by 4,000 people in a kind of orgy of hate and > fear after the 6-week Dakota-U.S. War begun by starving Dakota people whose > treaty food was locked in warehouses. So much rope was required for the > hanging that the event had to be rescheduled from Christmas eve to December > 26th. > > Ropes hanging from the huge art scaffold were removed from the plans which > was designed as a jungle gym for children whose parents could stand around > and read about the sculpture while their kids played on it. > > California artist Sam Durant originally displayed this scaffold in Germany as > an example against capital punishment and mass murder. One might think that > an example of mass murder in Germany would be a replica of a Hitler-era > crematoria. > > As a Roma descendant, I researched my gypsy heritage for my first two books > (of poetry). One out of ten of the world’s gypsies was murdered under Hitler. > It wasn’t just Jews, anarchists, communists, political critics, and > physically or mentally disabled persons. > > Interesting that Durant, who was paid a reported $75,000 for “Scaffold,” > chose a little known Native American mass murder to encourage a conversation > on race or capital punishment. Surely a more infamous example of America’s > original sin would have been a replica tree bearing “strange fruit.” Whoa! > Wouldn’t that have been a conversation? > > Dakota people and allies are waiting to see you on-site. You will be greeted > by a museum’s-worth of poster art fastened to the construction fences. You > might miss the trees lining Hennepin Avenue formerly screening traffic noise > and city pollution that were removed for the public park makeover. > > Visitors move along the fence line past the Walker building slowly, reading > messages, horrified, sympathetic, wondering why “we didn’t know.” The > Minnesota scaffold story is international, not simply local news. They say we > are bound to repeat our mistakes if we don’t know our history. > > For specific directions to the nearby free parking lot, google 311 Kenwood > Parkway (an apartment building) opposite parking for Parade Stadium and > construction workers. > > Hope to see you there—Susu Jeffrey >
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