Artist: Julie Dempster
This piece acknowledges the first Greater Mankato inhabitants with “welcome” in Dakota at top. Throughout the piece, the word “Welcome” is inscribed in the majority of the 40+ languages spoken in Mankato. The Unity Totem is meant to educate and remind park visitors that the neighborhood is home to diverse cultures. It also gives neighborhood residents validation that their culture is integral to Mankato’s past, present and future.
KEYC News Story: Welcome Totem installed in Washington Park