As part of the University of Minnesota Duluth's acknowledgment that the campus occupies traditional, ancestral and contemporary lands of indigenous people, students got creative on Thursday.
As seen in photos of UMD students in the Oct. 18 issue of the News Tribune, UMD students painted sidewalk murals outside the Kirby Bus Hub with local artist Moira Villiard.
The murals are meant to visualize the land acknowledgment as well as greet those who attend UMD's land acknowledgement event at 3 p.m. on Tuesday in the Kirby Ballroom.
A formal land acknowledgment statement will be read at the event.
On Thursday, students helped Villiard paint her design of a turtle that symbolizes aspects of Anishinaabe culture.
"The turtle's shell has 13 large sections and 28 smaller sections, and the Anishinaabe calendar is 13 moons with 28 days in each," Villiard said in a UMD press release. "So it's just a reflection of time, alongside being a symbol of the place we live – turtle island."
Villiard also worked with students on an indoor mural in the Kirby Student Center on Monday.
UMD is the first University of Minnesota campus to adopt a formal land acknowledgement.
The acknowledgement was crafted under UMD’s Department of American Indian Studies, Campus Climate Leadership Team, Campus Climate Change Team and participants from the school’s 2019 Summit on Equity, Race and Ethnicity.