As a 2016 Emerging Artist Project grantee, Rory Wakemup invited Native youth to connect with artists and elders to create costumed alter egos by combining Native regalia and Star Wars motifs. The project culminated in a performance battle, Smart Wars, where youth costumed as their alter egos fought racist mascots portrayed by the comedy group The 1491s at Indigenous Peoples Day festivities hosted by the Minneapolis American Indian Center.

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Special thanks to Independent Filmmaker Project MN for their support of this production.

The Artist Services Program is made possible through the generous support of the McKnight Foundation and Jerome Foundation.