# 1 – Introductions & Old Ones

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 courtesy of the Universidad de Guadalajara

Photo Credit – La Universidad de Guadalajara

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The Art of Food: Keeping it Indigenous

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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”

Bringing It Home

“Artist Leadership Program Presentations, December 9, Live at the Museum in Washington and Online

On Wednesday, December 9, at 2 p.m., the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., presents artists Maura Garcia, Porfirio Gutiérrez, Linley Logan, and Theresa Secord talking about their art, their research at the museum, and their plans to share what they’ve learned with their communities. The four artists are in Washington as part of the museum’s Artist Leadership Program for Individual Artists. The forum, titled “Bringing It Home: Artists Reconnecting Cultural Heritage with Community,” will be moderated by Dr. Gabrielle Tayac (Piscataway Indian Nation), a historian at the National Museum of the American Indian. The program is free and open to the public. It will also be webcast live and archived on the museum’s YouTube channel.”

– From the  NMAI Blog

The Fellowship of the Artists

 

“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

Photo Courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian 

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Iga igvyi-i (first day)

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.

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Begin at the Beginning

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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!