Teacher Creates Native American SuperheroMay 15th, 2003 | By tcj | Category: 14-4: Cultural Resilience, Tribal College News
Mark Mindt didn’t know how to transfer his freehand artwork for his mightiest of superheroes, Koda, onto a computer screen. He was going to give up, but his father, LaVern Mindt, kept telling him, “You know, Walt Disney had been turned down and felt like quitting, and look what that got him — Disneyland. You could have Koda-land.”
So in spite of financial setbacks, Mindt began to resemble his own superhero as he faced financial setbacks and villains. He learned art programs on his own and has transformed Koda (which means “friendly” in Dakota) from a simple sketchpad drawing to a brightly colored 32-page comic book.
Recently Mindt shared the premiere edition of the Koda comic book with his own art students at Theodore Jamerson Elementary School on the United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) campus in Bismarck, ND, where Mindt is also pursuing another degree in art and marketing. “Koda The Warrior isn’t your normal, ordinary comic book,” said Mindt. “It’s a cultural tool for educating and building tomorrow’s leaders. Koda is a Native American superhero who gains strength and power by practicing and encouraging good values and servant leadership.”
Mindt, a member of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe, added, “The comic book has been a real healing tool and learning experience, not only for me but for the children I teach. I will never give up on my dreams. And Koda The Warrior is certainly a dream come true, thanks to my dad.” Copies are available for $4.50 at the Impact store, 324 E. Broadway Ave., Bismarck, ND 58504 or by contacting Mindt directly at (701) 471-6257 or via e-mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.