Mark PowersHunkpati Dakota
“I’m the best least-known artist you’ll ever meet.”
Mark Powers, an enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux tribe, is not modest about his love of art or passion for creating it. For several weeks, Powers worked on St. Joseph’s campus doing what he does best creating a work of art.
While at St. Joseph's, he painted a tipi for the Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Place in Fort Pierre, South Dakota. The center will display and interpret tribal history, art and culture. There will also be an economic development center, the Tribal Justice Support Center, a National Mediation Training Center, as well as the Sioux Nation Supreme Court.
Powers recognized his talent at a very young age and has been a full-time artist since 2001. In that time, he has undertaken many projects more than a few of which have been larger than your average portrait. His current project is no exception.
When erected, the tipi will stand 35 feet high and, when rolled into a bundle, weighs about 250 pounds. The project is so large that Powers was having a difficult time finding a place to paint. He was nearly out of options when a friend of his sister’s suggested St. Joseph’s Indian School. Powers has spent time painting both indoors and out.
Powers grew up in Lower Brule and Fort Thompson, South Dakota. He attended school in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he met his wife, Cindy. They lived in California for a few years but recently returned to South Dakota to raise their three children Tiffany, Meghan and Marc.
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