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“Bearing Witness”

J Arthur Anderson: Photojournalism

April 2022 | The Cultural Centre | Photojournalism

The nation has experienced a number of significant and controversial events in the recent past, including those related to the environment, police involved shootings, COVID-19 and national elections. This gallery presentation shows J. Arthur Anderson’s on going attempt to document history as it unfolds.

J. Arthur’s images cover the rise of ObamaCare; the anti-Dakota Access and Line 3 pipeline protests; demonstrations arising out of police shootings such as George Floyd and Daunte Wright; and protests to protect the rights of women, to end gun violence, resistance to the COVID-19 mandates and vaccinations and efforts to oppose the results of the 2020 election.

A portion of the exhibit will honor Clyde Bellecourt, who passed recently. Clyde, known as Nee-gon-we-way we-dun, which means “Thunder Before the Storm,” was one of the founders of the American Indian Movement (AIM). Founded in 1968, AIM has succeeded in spotlighting police harassment, protecting treaties rights, expanding economic opportunities, promoting Native culture and eliminating racist and offensive sports mascots.

A small sampling of

Featured Work

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Susana De Leon, the Director of Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue, a traditional Aztec dance group.

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October 27, 2019 – Standoff at Standing Rock – near the Cantapeta Creek Backwater Bridge, Morton Co Rd 134.

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May 18, 2018, Laura Grizzlypaws performed at the Manito Ahbee Pow Wow in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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November 18, 2021 – Crowds assembled at the Kenosha County Courthouse to await a verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case. Also present was the Missouri couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey (seen here speaking to the press) who waved guns at protesters during a protest near their St. Louis home.

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Reaction to the George Floyd verdict as it was being announced at the corner of 38th and Chicago Ave.

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June 14, 2020 – Aftermath to the demonstrations in reaction to the George Floyd murder.

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January 21, 2017 – The Women’s March was a worldwide protest on the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President.

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April 11, 2017 – Operation 23 to Zero, placed boots on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol to raise awareness about suicide among veterans.

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August 28, 2021 – 2,000 rally at State Capitol against mandates for masks and vaccinations.

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El Caminante, a traditional Aztec dancer with Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue.

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Grand entry Honor Guard at the 2021 Lower Sioux Community pow wow.

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November 14, 2020 – A Pro-Trump “Stop the Steal” group gathered at the MN Capitol to protest the results of the recent presidential election.

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Smoken – taking a break from the demonstration.

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Thoughts in Sharpie – written by individuals who assembled at 38th and Chicago where George Floyd was murdered.

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The reaction to the murder of George Floyd. This teddy bear was left near the intersection as a memorial.

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December 19, 2018 – Mayor Frey, officials and concerned individuals gathered at the Minneapolis American Indian Center to discuss planning related to the homeless encampment along Hiawatha Ave (Hwy 55).

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March 24, 2018 – Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, survivors of the mass shooting, spoke at the Minnesota Capitol as part of the “March for Our Lives” anti-gun violence rally.

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Tee pee erected at the Wall of the Forgotten Native homeless encampment, south Minneapolis near Minnehaha Avenue S (Hwy 55)

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The building of a sweat lodge.

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November 18, 2021 – One of the many assembled at the Kenosha County Courthouse to await a verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case.

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December 23, 2021 – Announcing the guilty verdict on both charges in the case of Kim Potter, a White former police officer who fatally shot Black motorist Daunte Wright.

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May 25, 2020 – George Floyd was murdered by Officer Derek Chauvin near the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue.

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June 6, 2020 – Minnehaha Lake Wine & Spirits, in the aftermath to the demonstrations in reaction to the George Floyd murder.

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April 29, 2017 – 16-year-old Amaiya Zafar was granted permission by USA Boxing to wear a traditional hijab, long sleeves and leggings in sanctioned competitions.

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April 29, 2017 – 16-year-old Amaiya Zafar was granted permission by USA Boxing to wear a traditional hijab, long sleeves and leggings in sanctioned competitions.

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December 23, 2021 – Being Heard, calling out the verdict. Former Brooklyn Center officer Kim Potter was found guilty of both first -and- second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in April 2021.

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Clyde H. Bellecourt | Neegon-we-wandon | Thunder Before the Storm

An enrolled member of the White Earth Nation, Clyde was a co-founder of the American Indian Movement (1968). A civil rights activist, his activities were done in association with Dennis Banks, Eddie Benton-Banai, Leonard Crow Dog, George Mitchell, and Russell and Bill Means. His older brother, the late Vernon Bellecourt, was also active in the movement. He was involved with the following:

Co-Founder of the American Indian Movement, Midewiwin Three Fires Society, Gathering of the Sacred Pipe Sundance, Wounded Knee Occupation (1973), Trail of Broken Treaties, Bureau of Indian Affairs Takeover, Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, International Indian Treaty Councel, National Coalition on Racism in Sports and the Media, Heart of the Earth Survival School, Legal Rights Center, Elaine M. Stately Peacemaker Center for Indian Youth, AIM Patrol, MIGIZI Communications, Inc., Native American Community Clinic, Women of Nations Eagle Nest Shelter, Board of American Indian OIC (Opportunities Industrialization Center), Minneapolis Police Community Relations Council

J. Arthur Anderson | Photojournalist

An avid photographer for the past 35 years J. Arthur’s focus has mostly been upon wildlife and nature. His images have appeared in the Star Tribune, Minnesota Birding, and on PBS; and have been used for educational purposes by the National Park Service as well as other state and federal government agencies. He was recognized by the National Audubon Society in their top 100 bird photography competition and received nature photography image of the year in the North Dakota Outdoors Magazine. His work appeared in five annual editions of Capture Minnesota and four years at the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Building, also receiving the Gordon Parks award for socially impactful photojournalism.

Over the past 10 years, J. Arthur’s interests have moved towards community photography and photojournalism. He worked on the Powderhorn365 project which focused upon documenting the Powderhorn Neighborhood each and every day of the year. He was employed by REI to be their Outdoor Nature Photography Instructor. And, he worked with the American Indian Movement to document their activities and captured many significant news events of the recent past.

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