Mino Dibidad (Good Evening)


In Good Evening, Hillary Kempenich gives us a warm, comforting vision of home. Hillary’s descriptionof the triptych: “This piece was inspired by the North Dakota landscape sunsets and reflecting on the memory of earthlodges that a few of our Indigenous communities here in Dakota Territory utilize. The earthlodge is a Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara style, however the people of Turtle Mountain Band in Chippewa utilize it as well. Earthlodges are just that, built from the earth using mud, timber and sod. They keep cool in summer months and the dome style keeps the space warmer in the winter months.” Hillary is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She is an established studio artist and advocate for the arts, education, social justice, and Native issues. Hillary has won awards for her work from the National Child Welfare Association, Native Arts Gathering, and the First People’s Fund.