USD Hosts Waróxi Performance and Feast

Photo of Native American dress from artist Sydney Jane Brooke Campbell Maybrier Pursel. USD hosts guest artist Sydney Jane Brooke Campbell Maybrier Pursel for a performance and dinner at the Coyote Twin on Nov. 13 from 6-9 p.m.

VERMILLION, S.D. –  The University of South Dakota Department of Fine Arts hosts guest artist Sydney Jane Brooke Campbell Maybrier Pursel for a performance and dinner at the Coyote Twin on Nov. 13 from 6-9 p.m.

Her participatory performance will explore the change in lifeways due to missionary efforts to convert Native Americans to Christianity. It specifically draws on language loss and addresses contemporary economic strategies of American Indian tribes.

The event will also include an educational feast in which guests are invited to learn about the diversity among the 567 federally recognized tribes existing within the United States today. Individual tribes and their histories will be represented on hand-stippled styrofoam plates with corresponding placemats.

Pursel will also host an artist talk with USD fine arts students on Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts, room 172.

Pursel received her B.F.A. in painting from the University of Missouri and her M.F.A. in expanded media from the University of Kansas. She is an enrolled member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska. Through art, she educates others about contemporary Indigenous issues, food politics, language loss, appropriation, revitalization, and history.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News