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Protecting Lakota (Sioux) Culture

Sara Caspi Joins the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center Staff

Sara Caspi

Sara Caspi has joined the team at the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center as curator for the museum’s collection of Lakota, Dakota and Nakota (Sioux) art and artifacts. As curator at the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center, she will play a key role in ensuring the safe storage and display the museum’s collection.

After earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramic art from Alfred University in Alfred, New York, she studied art conservation and received her Master of Science in Art Conservation from the University of Delaware.

“I have always been fascinated with stories, history and nature, and I loved making art,” said Caspi. “Art conservation combined art, history and science, so it was a great fit for me.”

“I must know the history and context of the items in our collection so they can be properly displayed,” said Caspi. “In addition to aiding in their preservation, I am also trained to make repairs and ensure paper storage. Organic materials like bone and leather are especially susceptible to degradation from humidity and different gasses in the air. Our collection contains many of those natural materials, so proper storage with strict humidity control is extremely important.”

“I hope my work helps to pass on the knowledge and stories of the Lakota people to the children, their grandchildren and to future generations,” she said. “We can honor past generations by helping their varied voices be heard and give the current generation both roots and wings.”


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