Artwork by Erin Genia on display at Nicollet Tower

The Artist Artist Erin Genia (center) is pictured with her aunt Mary Goette (left) and father David Genia (right) at the Artist Reception at the Nicollet Tower on May 31.

The Artwork Wičaȟnpi, which means “star” in the Dakota language, is a 5’x20’ banner installed on Nicollet Tower just west of Sisseton. ~ Courtesy Photos

Locals driving by the Nicollet Tower on Highway 10 west of Sisseton will notice something different -- art work displayed on the tower itself rather than inside the Interpretive Center. Erin Genia’s artwork Wičaȟnpi adorns the tower and is clearly visible to travelers passing by.

The Artist

Local artist Erin Genia, an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, is an artist, educator and com- munity organizer specializing in Native American and Indigenous arts and culture. Through her artwork, she seeks to expand public knowledge and appreciation of Dakota and Indigenous peoples’ cultural art forms. Her work flew on the International Space Station in 2020 and has appeared in the Venice Biennale. Erin’s public art commissions include the City of Seattle, Minnesota Historical Society, the City of Saint Paul and the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston. For more on this story and many more please purchase a copy of the Sisseton Courier on news stands now or purchase a copy of the E-edtion on this website.