“Minnesota” is derived from the Dakota phrase Mni Sota Makoce, Land Where the Waters Reflect the Clouds.
Mni Sota Makoce contains POWER POINTS
"In October 2009 Lakota Chief Arvol Looking Horse participated in a pipe ceremony on Pilot Knob to celebrate the protection of the land on the ill form development, noting that sacred sites for Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota peoples "power points, the grid" through which people interact with the landscape." - pg 214, Mni Sota Makoce The Land of the Dakota, Gwen Westerman and Bruce White, 2012
This project reflects on this idea of the land containing power, energy grids. Development and construction into and above land may disrupt and dislocate energy within the land. These flags serve as a marker for discussion and investigation into better understanding the land we live on, here in Mni Sota Makoce.
USA Warning flags
These utilities flag markers are dotted around the urban landscape and signify impending excavation.
Poster prints & Flags
Poster prints, an info sheet and flags were distributed amongst the urban communities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Residents placed flags around the city - where they felt appropriate.