Nikki Tundel Feature Archive

The Ragamala Dance in Minneapolis has presented its take on traditional South Indian classical dance everywhere from community parks in the Twin Cities to the Kennedy Center. (12/12/2012)
During the centennial year of Gordon Parks birthday, students at the school named for the great photographer and director talk about what he means to them now. (12/04/2012)
Halloween has never been a poster child for political correctness. While a time for traditions like pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, it can also be, as some see it, a time for all-too-predictable displays of racism. (10/31/2012)
Robin Hickman has been called a St. Paul "treasure." She's a social activist, a TV and film producer, and a long-time leader in the African American community. But what makes Hickman most proud these days is her extensive multicultural doll collection, and how she uses it enhance the lives of others. (10/19/2012)
Robin Hickman has been called a St. Paul "treasure." She's a social activist, a TV and film producer, and a long-time leader in the African American community. But what makes Hickman most proud these days is her extensive multicultural doll collection. (10/19/2012)
A new photo exhibit in St. Paul showcases the Hmong-American experience through the eyes of Pao Her, a pioneer in the world of contemporary photography who, as a child, often felt smothered by her Hmong culture. (09/26/2012)
In conjunction with a release compiling old area funk and soul songs, many of the featured artists will participate in an R&B revue at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis on Saturday. (09/20/2012)
For these 500 adoptees, part of summer vacation is a culture camp that immerses them in the traditions of their birth countries. The La Semana camp reflects the personal experience of its chairman, Jim Stromberg, who along with his wife adopted two children from Latin America. (09/07/2012)
La Semana is a Minnesota-based summer camp created specifically for children adopted from Latin America. Campers, ranging from kindergartners to high schoolers, explore the cultures and traditions of their birth countries and bond with those whose backgrounds are similar to their own. While at La Semana, which is Spanish for "the week," attendees learn Latin American dances and, on the final night of camp, they put on a formal performance for friends and family. (09/07/2012)
As anyone who has tried to learn a foreign language knows, the key to fluency is speaking that new language as much as possible. A hundred students from around the world are participating in a intense, immersive-English program right here in Minneapolis. (08/23/2012)
Duluth's Holy Cow! Press is celebrating its 35th anniversary with the release of its most monumental work to date. The new book, "Spirit of the Ojibwe," is a comprehensive look at the history of a Wisconsin band of Ojibwe Indians. (08/03/2012)
Soccer is the most popular sport among Somalis in their native country. Young Somali-Americans, on the other hand, are passionate about basketball. The Hoop for Hope Somali Basketball Tournament, held in Minneapolis recently, is proof of that. Last week, hundreds of young adults cheered on Somali athletes from across the U.S. and Canada as they competed in what has become an annual sporting event. (07/05/2012)
Four years ago, immigration authorities raided a kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa. It was one of the largest single roundups in U.S. history, resulting in the arrest of nearly 400 undocumented workers. That event is the focus of a new play. (06/20/2012)
Ethnic diversity is shaping Minnesota's culture in many ways, and there's a small but growing movement in the United States to make Sunday morning church services more culturally diverse. However, the vast majority of the nation's religious services remain monocultural, with just one language, race or ethnic group represented. (06/07/2012)
Studies show that Christian churches are among the most segregated gathering places in the United States. Church of All Nations in Columbia Heights sees itself as a national leader in challenging that spiritual status quo. (06/06/2012)