Jerry Fogg

Jerry Fogg
Topics: History, Native American, South Dakota, Visual Art
Communities: Sioux Falls
Program Types: Speakers Bureau
Cultural Historian, Artist
1405 E Walnut St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103 | 605-254-8189

Healing Our Shared Past, Present, and Future: The Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum
(Note: This presentation is best as a combined presentation with fellow SDHC scholar, Anne Dilenschneider.)
From 1902-1933, Native Americans who misbehaved in boarding schools or who alienated reservation agents were sent to the Hiawatha Asylum in Canton, SD. By the time it closed, nearly 400 Native inmates from across the U.S. had been incarcerated there in circumstances described by federal investigators as "like a leper colony" and "inhumane." Currently, 127 Native Americans from 53 tribes remain buried in unmarked graves at the site. As Keepers of the Canton Native Asylum Story, Fogg and Dilenschneider speak about this aspect of our shared past so we may begin to heal this wound in our own time.

Native Soul: Every Picture Tells a Story
Fogg invites all South Dakotans into their shared history. An artist who is not afraid to tell the complicated stories of this land, he brings the past into the present through his art. In connecting his own feelings and those who engage with his art, he helps us imagine a preferred future together. This mixed media approach includes historical pieces, Native American craft, traditional art techniques, and a touch of humor. He asks: Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going?

Let's Communicate: How Art is Generated out of Legends, Lore, Culture and Historical Events
In every piece of Fogg's work "there is more in the picture than just the story." Fogg shares the process he goes through to engage the viewer in the past, present and future, making informed choices on how to incorporate actual items (documents, furs, coins, certificates, etc.), as well as symbols of Native and non-Native cultures. It takes time. Once, Fogg had a snakeskin for 20 years before it was needed. Another piece has been germinating for 7 years, but its time is yet to be completed.