Doctrine of Discovery: Understanding Native Historic Trauma

By Kim Olstad, Engage Minnesota


In collaboration with 38 plus 2 Productions and the Saint Paul Interfaith Network, Church of the Epiphany hosted a showing of the documentary, “Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code” on Sunday, April 24 from 5:00-7:30pm. A discussion with director and co-producer Sheldon Wolfchild of the Lower Sioux Indian Community followed.

View Sheldon Wolfchild in a previous event on this topic

At the community-wide event, 78 participants heard from Wolfchild, viewed the film and also had the opportunity to engage in dialogue about what they encountered in the documentary.

Because the film recounts difficult historical facts about the devastating effect caused by religious influences, the conversation was particularly important.  Said Kim Olstad, Epiphany member and SPIN program coordinator, “While it is important to learn about events that are often not mentioned in our history classes, it is also vital that we understand that the ramifications of these events still affect us all today.”

Also available for viewing was SPIN’s Traveling Art Exhibit that includes the controversial images of current art in the Minnesota State Capitol and samples of K-12 student artwork offering an alternative vision.

For more information about how your faith community can host this film or Exhibit/display, visit St. Paul Interfaith Network’s site:

Learn more at Public Art Project.pdf, or see our blog on Capitol Art. Read our Petition seeking changes to art at the Capitol, and sign the online petition.

SPIN’s site or their monthly e-newsletter are the best way to stay informed about future events.


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