Cannupa Hanska Luger: North Dakota native creating art supporting indigenous causes

Life & Soul Magazine

Artist and activist Cannupa Hanska Luger creates art as a way of supporting indigenous causes and raising awareness of global issues.

The North Dakota native, who was born on the Standing Rock Reservation, creates unique, ceramic-centric, multidisciplinary artwork that communicates stories of complex indigenous identities coming up against 21st century challenges, including human alienation from and destruction of the land to which all indigenous people belong.

The indigenous artist – who is of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, and Norwegian descent – tells stories using fiber, steel, cut-paper, video, sound, performance, monumental sculpture, land art installation, and social collaboration.

Cannupa Hanska Luger’s most notable works include The Mirror Shield Project, a social engagement work which invited the public to create mirrored shields for water protectors at Standing Rock.

The shields set out to connect people to the land around them and to consider the consequences of how they treat it.

The Mirror Shield…

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