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AR Dakota Landmap of the Twin Cities

revisiting an Indigenous Reality

From the Creator of the augmented reality public art installation, the Dakota Spirit Walk, comes this new AR public work. Marlena Myles (Spirit Lake Dakota) welcomes all to (re)visit an Indigenous Reality in the Twin Cities as she expands upon her popular Dakota Landmap of the Twin Cities.

In this new augmented reality public installations, visitors will learn, connect and honor the culture and significance of Dakota sites in the Twin Cities.

Support for this project was made possible by 4Ground: Midwest Land Art Biennial which is produced in kind by Franconia Sculpture Park.


revisit an Indigenous Reality

These AR activations reimagine a Dakota Minnesota that is invisible at the moment to many, yet will be revealed through futuristic technology using Adobe Aero.

Locations include Bdóte (confluence of the Minnesota & Mississippi Rivers), Fort Snelling, Ohéyawahe (Pilot Knob), Uŋči Makha Park (Highland Bridge development), Minnehaha Falls, Mniówe Sní (Cold Water Springs).

Many are located in public parks that thousands visit every day, so take time and go on an adventure that will change forever how you view the homelands of the Dakota people.

Getting Started !

install Adobe Aero

You will need the free program Adobe Aero to activate these AR pieces. The program is available for iPhones, iPads and certain Android devices such as select Samsung & Pixels devices. More compatibility is coming soon.

Download Links

This is the link for the desktop installation. Mobile devices install below:

activate anywhere

Adobe Aero’s links aren’t GPS-based, meaning you can open these links anywhere you are connected to the internet. Install the app and just click the link or scan the QR code to view.

Stop 1: 3D Dakota Landmap

Experience interactive audio in the 3d version of the Dakota Landmap of the Twin Cities. By tapping any of the icons, you can listen to the Dakhota pronunciation of Bdé Óta Othúŋwe & Imníža Ská Othúŋwe as voiced by Dawí.

Scan the QR code or click the link below the video to view it.

more stops coming in august 2024

Upcoming locations

Augmented Reality is the perfect metaphor for Native Presence:

Dakota peoples histories and stories are here, invisible at the moment to many; yet folks only need to look with new eyes at the deeper powers held here. 



want more?

I created the augmented reality Dakota Spirit Walk for the Revelo AR App which is now on view in St Paul. Because it’s GPS-based, you must visit the site to experience it!

Download the Revelo AR app today and head to the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary in Saint Paul, MN to experience this GPS-based permanent public art installation where you’ll meet four Dakota spirits.

Dakota Land Map

The Dakota Landmap is a creation of Marlena Myles (Spirit Lake Dakota) & Dawí (descendant of the Santee Sioux tribe of Nebraska)

About the Creator:

Marlena Myles is a self-taught Native American (Spirit Lake Dakota/Mohegan/Muscogee) artist located in St Paul, Minnesota. Her art brings modernity to Indigenous history, languages and oral traditions while using the land as a teacher. Growing up on her traditional Dakota homelands here in the Twin Cities, she enjoys using her artwork to teach Minnesotans of all backgrounds the Indigenous history of this place we call home.

Her professional work includes children’s books, augmented reality, murals, fabrics, animations and has shown her fine art in galleries such as the Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Museum of Russian Art, Red Cloud Heritage Center and the Minnesota Museum of American Art to name a few. Her first permanent site-specific augmented reality public art installation known as the Dakota Spirit Walk is available on the Revelo AR app.

In 2021, she opened her own Dakota publishing company called Wíyouŋkihipi (We Are Capable) Productions to create a wider platform that educates and honors the culture, language and history of Dakota people.