Hél čhaŋkú kiŋ ȟpáye (There lies the road) and an interview with Santee Witt

Friday, Nov 5, 2021
12pm EDT/9am PDT

Workshop: 60 minutes

Fellowship Project
Selected by 2021 Convening Partner Racing Magpie

Presenters: 2021 Convening Fellow Suzanne Kite, Mary Bordeaux, Santee Witt

This intimate workshop will lead participants through a discussion and collective songwriting session with and about the Lakȟóta relationship to stones a concept grown out of the writings of Vine Deloria Jr and Severt Young Bear Srby bringing together Lakȟóta elders, singers, linguists, translators, and scholars. Together, participants will discuss how and why new songs are written, where knowledge about stones comes from, how knowledge is transmitted through songs, and how songs function in the Lakȟóta world. 2021 Convening Fellow Suzanne Kite will guide the session as an interviewer, listener, and witness.


Suzanne Kite is an Oglala Lakota performance artist, visual artist, and composer, a PhD candidate at Concordia University, Research Assistant for the Initiative for Indigenous Futures, a 2019 Trudeau Scholar, a 2020 Tulsa Artist Fellow, and a 2020 Women at Sundance x Adobe Fellow. Her research is concerned with contemporary Lakota ontologies through research-creation, computational media, and performance practice.

Mary V. Bordeaux (Sicangu Lakota) is the co-founder and creative director of Racing Magpie, a collaborative space with a Native art gallery and artist studios in Mnilúzahaŋ Otȟúŋwah (Rapid City, SD). She received her bachelor’s degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts and MFA from the University of the Arts, both degrees are in museum studies with an emphasis in exhibition design and planning. Mary is currently a doctoral candidate at Saint Mary’s University, exploring Lakota women’s leadership. Mary has held curatorial positions with The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School and The Indian Museum of North America at Crazy Horse Memorial.

Santee Luke Witt is a singer, song-writer, and Lakota Cultural Teacher at the Lakota Waldorf School. Witt is from Allen, SD.