Indigenous Peoples Cultural Festival

Sunday, Nov 04, 10 am to 5 pm
At CMA, 103 Charlton Street, New York
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Join us on Sunday, November 4, for a celebration of Indigenous Peoples culture. CMA is partnering with Redhawk Native American Arts Council, a nonprofit organization founded and maintained by Native American artists and educators residing in the New York City area, to present workshops inspired by traditional and contemporary arts practices from the Indigenous community. Interactive workshops by Redhawk Native American Arts Council will be presented at 11:30 and 1:00 pm, and Children’s Librarian Kristy Raffensberger from our local NYPL Hudson Park branch will be hosting Story Time at 12:15 pm, reading books by Native American authors.

Workshops include:

Up-Cycled Sculptures inspired by Brian Jungen in Fine Arts: Brian Jungen uses what some may consider trash and turns it into treasure! His 3-D work is inspired by his Dunne-za roots and the tradition of Native American artists using whatever they have available to create. Today in the studio we will be examining Jungen’s practice and creating some up-cycled works of our own. What does it mean to recycle materials? Can anything available become an art material? Come find out! 

Film Sculptures inspired by Gail Tremblay in the Gallery: Today’s project is inspired by Gail Tremblay, an Onondaga & Mi’kmaq contemporary artist and educator. Tremblay weaves “traditional” baskets out of scraps of old movie film. Tremblay uses these old film reels to re-write stereotypical narratives of Native peoples. What are some common film narratives you know? How would you change them? Today in the studio create a sculpture or weaving out of film and experiment with this new material and practice!

Native Landscapes of North America at the Clay Bar: Join us as we appreciate the beautiful and diverse landscape of North America.

Reclaim the Narrative inspired by Votan Henriquez in the Media Lab: Today, young artist will create street art animations. What are the images you see every day around you? What messages do they send? Who gets represented and who doesn’t? In this workshop children will look to the work of Votan Henriquez, a street artists who works to amplify the ideas and artwork of Indigenous People, and tell a story they think goes untold. 

Learning Lenape in the Sound Booth: Did you know the first people to live on Manhattan were the Lenape, and they called this island Manahatta? Learn a Lenape word in this workshop and write a song surrounding its meaning. For example, in Lenape you exclaim “Katu!” as it starts to get chilly outside instead of “Brr!”

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the Redhawk Native American Arts Council. The Redhawk Native American Arts Council is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 and maintained by Native American artists and educators who reside in and around the New York City area. Each year they provide venues for over 200 different First Nations’ artists and educators to present and share their art forms with audiences around the world. They are dedicated to breaking stereotypes by presenting the traditions and societal contributions of Native Americans through song, dance, art, film, crafts, foods, and other forms of expression. Learn more at redhawkcouncil.org.

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CMA’s Indigenous Peoples Cultural Festival will be held on Sunday, November 4th in partnership with Redhawk Native American Arts Council. We invite you to learn some Lenape words in our Sound Booth workshop, the first language spoken in Lower Manhattan! Read more