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UND art project focuses on the lives of American Indians

Sundog Multiples, a student-focused print shop at UND, traveled to four North Dakota tribal colleges to interview tribal members about their experiences and create their portraits. Grand Forks Herald photo by Wade Rupard.1 / 6
Daniel Heyman, a teacher at Princeton University, works on a piece of art for the "In Our Own Words: Native Impressions" project currently going on at UND. Submitted photo.2 / 6
Kim Fink, a professor of art and printmaking at UND, uses a rolling block for a piece of art in the "In Our Own Words: Native Impressions" collection. Submitted photo.3 / 6
Lucy Ganje, a graphic designer and professor at UND, rolls type for one of the pieces for the "In Our Own Words: Native Impressions" project. Submiitted photo.4 / 6
Sundog Multiples, a student-focused print shop at UND, traveled to four North Dakota tribal colleges to interview tribal members about their experiences and create their portraits. Grand Forks Herald photo by Wade Rupard.5 / 6
An example of a piece of art from the "In Our Own Words: Native Impressions" project hangs in the Hughes Fine Arts Center. Grand Forks Herald photo by Wade Rupard.6 / 6

Three artists have teamed up to share the stories of some of the area's Native Americans.

Sundog Multiples, a student-focused print shop at UND, is working on a project titled "In Our Own Words: Native Impressions."

The project encompasses 26 prints that explore the lives of contemporary American Indian people in North Dakota. Within the project are 12 portraits of tribal members and 14 letterpress prints.

"This is a very unique project and we're very excited about it," said Kim Fink, a professor at UND and the director of Sundog Multiples.

Fink, along with UND art faculty Lucy Ganje and Philadelphia artist Daniel Heyman traveled to four North Dakota tribal colleges to talk to tribal members about their experiences living in America. On each portrait are words from those interviews.

Fink said the group hopes to exhibit the project regionally and nationally, starting this winter. The first outing is scheduled for December at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.

Wade Rupard

Wade Rupard is a reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. Rupard is a 2014 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and is originally from Normal, Ill. 

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