Le Vent du Nord in Sisseton, SD

By Emily Anderson

Le Vent du Nord was warmly welcomed at the brand new Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribal headquarters for the start of their week-long residency in Sisseton, South Dakota. Guests enjoyed traditional Native American dance and drumming, music from Le Vent du Nord, and wonderfully prepared meal of contemporary and traditional Native American foods.

Outside the tribal headquarters
Entering the new Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribal headquarters for the opening reception. Photo by Jane Rasmussen.

Man at podium welcomes the crowd
Elias Mendoza welcomes Le Vent du Nord to the community of Sisseton for the week long residency. Photo by Jane Rasmussen.

Interior of the tribal headquarters
The band was welcomed with a lovely reception inside the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribal headquarters. Photo by Jane Rasmussen.

Le Vent du Nord performing at the reception
Le Vent du Nord offers a gift of music to the community of Sisseton at the reception. Photo by Jennie Evenson.

Gabriel Desrosiers
The evening was an exchange of gifts, and Gabriel Desrosiers introduced the gift of dancing offered to Le Vent du Nord and the other guests at the welcome reception. Photo by Jennie Evenson.

Woman dancing
A woman from the community dances as part of the cultural exchange of the evening. Photo by Jennie Evenson.

Seated in a drum circle
These local Native American drummers got in on the action and performed a warm welcome for Le Vent du Nord at the reception. Photo by Jennie Evenson.

The band enjoyed a busy week of workshops, and spent a day at Sisseton Wahpeton College first doing a general workshop for students and staff from the College and then spending time informally with musicians from the area. The group worked with several fine guitar players and then they were joined by Bryan Akipa, an accomplished Native American flute player living in the area

Interacting with students
The band plays with local guitar students. Photo by Whitney Renville.

Le Vent du Nord with Brian Akipa
Le Vent du Nord band members learn from local Native American flute player, Brian Akipa. Photo by Whitney Renville.

Le Vent du Nord with Brian Akipa
Bryan Akipa and the group jam together, blending their styles. Photo by Whitney Renville.

Le Vent du Nord loved the chance to hear Bryan play and talk about his instruments and then Bryan and Le Vent du Nord took a stab at blending their instruments and styles. It was a fun collaboration! It was a great week in Sisseton, and a big thanks to the Sisseton Arts Council for putting everything together, and to Sisseton for welcoming Le Vent du Nord into the community!

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