On the morning of March 12th, about 25 of us gathered at the Kansas City Indian Center. It was the first meeting of the Center of the Universe project. We started with introductions: ourselves, the project and the long, long history of urbanity in Indian country.
Photo Credit – La Universidad de Guadalajara
Continue reading “# 1 – Introductions & Old Ones”
The health and well-being of ourselves, communities & world is connected to our relationship with all things on this earth, including what we eat. One of the wonderful things about our traditional, pre-European Indigenous eating ways is that respect for our non-human relatives, health, medicine, physical activity, ceremony and sustainability were all connected in the way we harvested, prepared and ate. That is sometimes hard to do now, especially in a city. BUT, that won’t stop us from trying! It is a beautiful way to keep our connection between ancient and contemporary Native ways. Continue reading “The Art of Food: Keeping it Indigenous”
“Reconnecting cultural heritage” could serve as the mission statement for the Artist Leadership Program. The program for individual artists brings indigenous artists of the Western Hemisphere to Washington to do research in museum collections and to explore new artistic insights, skills, and techniques; the artists then return home to share with their cultural communities and the general public the value of Native knowledge expressed through art.” – National Museum of the American Indian Blog
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Photo Courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian
From left to right: Maura, Porfirio, Linley & Theresa Continue reading “The Fellowship of the Artists”
Apparently subway travel is very exciting, especially with a group of artists 🙂 Though I’ve lived in DC before, I’ve never been on the subway during peak hours. Truly dramatic!
Our group, composed of master weavers, basket makers, designers, museum professionals, our project leader and the rogue dancer (me) successfully made our way to the Cultural Resources Center.
Continue reading “Iga igvyi-i (first day)”
This project was born from working with our youth group at the Kansas City Indian Center, travels to the ancient mound sites throughout the land now known as the United States, and considerations of the constant threats to the existence of Indigenous identity and cultures.
Leaving for the National Museum of the American Indian on Monday…so excited for the days to come!