Tuȟmaǧatipi, 2022

Erin Genia (she/her)

Tuȟmaǧatipi –the Dakota word for beehive– is a sculptural habitat and water source for pollinators created using the Dakota morning star form and built with sustainable materials: clay, natural composites, and driftwood. Situated in the Wildflower Meadow an undeveloped area of the Greenway that supports many bee species, butterflies and moths– the project honors Indigenous science as well as the key ecological roles of pollinators and plants, who are increasingly threatened by climate change. This sculptural constellation explores how both form and material can support habitat restoration. Tuȟmaǧatipi seeks to build reciprocity with the meadow ecosystem by providing respite to native pollinators right in the middle of the city.