Profound thanks for teachers who nurtured me to stand in a circle and listen deeply-- my Parents and Family, The Almond Tree Household, Harvey Winje, Susan Gust, Dan Newman, Meridel LeSueur, Martha Boesing, Louis Alemayehu, Clyde Bellecourt, Paula Horne, Arvol Looking Horse, Sharon Day, Anna Stanley, my Neighbors, co-workers, artists, visionaries who have inspired me so much for so many years.

Profound thanks for Elka and Peter Schuman, the Bread and Puppet Theatre, and the many puppeteers across the world who spark my attention.

Profound thanks for the artists and participants of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre integral to my work from 1974-2019. I attempt to name my partners in the work-please let me know if you find your name unintentionally missing. Thanks also to supporters, volunteers, staff and board of the Theatre who made the work possible, including founders David O’Fallon and Ray St Louis, and dedicated managers who worked countless hours across the years: Lucinda Anderson, Wilma Wernick, Nadja Ruebenova, Kathee Foran, Paul Robinson, Margery Otto, Loren Niemi, Catherine Jordan, Corrie Zoll.


This website is only possible because of the stellar work of Web Designer Nick Lethert who sat with me to squeeze this loopy work into outline categories. Thank you, Nick, for your astute eye and patient tending!

Thanks also for all the photographers who documented my work when it was the furthest thing from my mind. Some photographers are unknown, but some names rise again and again: Bruce Silcox, Mike Rivard, Liz Welch, Nick Lethert, John Franzen, Gail Glaser, Salvatore Salerno, Donna Webb, Doug Cain, Will Hommeyer, Daniel Polsfuss.

Many thanks as well to the MN State Arts Board for supporting the creation of this website through a 2014 Artist Initiative Grant with funds appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Finally, to this beautiful place where I share my life, Miní Sóta Makhóčhe, homeland of the Dakhóta Oyáte, profound thanks.