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Micronesian Outrigger Sailing in Mni Sota Makoce: The University of Minnesota’s Native Canoe Program with Vince Diaz and Dan Keefe

Micronesian Outrigger Sailing in Mni Sota Makoce: The University of Minnesota’s Native Canoe Program with Vince Diaz and Dan Keefe

This multimedia presentation will introduce The Native Canoe Program at the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and its effort to research, teach, and serve the community through the revitalization of Indigenous watercraft from the Pacific and from Dakota and Ojibwe culture and history. 

Home based on the East Bank of the Mississippi River on the UMN-TC campus, the program features hands-on classes and outings on Minnesota’s rivers and lakes to collaborate with Dakota and Ojibwe communities. Activities include paddling, sailing, art making, and assisting in Native canoe culture revitalization projects around the state. An exciting and innovative dimension of this collaborative work between students, researchers, and community cultural practitioners involves collaborating with colleagues in computer science and engineering to develop virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technology and platforms for teaching and using indigenous maritime technology and knowledge systems about water and to attract Indigenous students to science and engineering. 

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Vicente “Vince” Diaz is Pohnpeian (Eastern Caroline Islands, Federated States of Micronesia). He is Distinguished University Teaching Professor and Professor of American Indian Studies,

Waldfogel Scholar of the College, and Chair of the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.  For this event, Diaz will speak as the Director of UMN’s  Native Canoe Program, presenting material that combines scholarship and over 30 years of experience working, building, and sailing with traditional outrigger sailing canoe carvers and open ocean voyagers from Polowat Atoll in the Central Caroline Islands of the Micronesian Pacific islands region.

Dan Keefe is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and a Distinguished University Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota. His research on data visualization, interactive computer graphics, and mixed reality has been supported with grants and awards from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Academies and Keck Foundation, Mayo Clinic, industry, and the University of Minnesota.  Keefe is also an accomplished artist and has published and exhibited digital and physical artwork locally in Minneapolis and in top international venues.  Finally, Dan and his family are members of the Black Bear Yacht Racing Association, and when not immersed in virtual reality research, he can be found sailing on White Bear Lake.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund for this event.