Paw Prints Project, Minnesota

April 2004

White Earth Reservation, Minnesota

AMP’s partner on this project was AMP advisor and vice-presidential candidate Winona LaDuke. In the first stage of the project, young Native Americans from LaDuke’s White Earth reservation the girl scouts of Troupe 591 in Minneapolis’s Lakes Service Unit studied animals that interested them and made drawings of their footprints. Ellen traced the footprints at her studio to make stencils of them. At the White Earth Reservation, the kids met for a nature walk on which they collected additional materials for their section of the mural. Then the kids used the stencils and materials to make impressions in plaster on two eight-foot-square matte board panels. The result is a subtle and beautiful abstract element for the mural.