Indigenous Peoples Cultural Festival

Sunday, Nov 12, 10 am to 5 pm
At CMA, 103 Charlton Street, New York
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Celebrate the culture of indigenous peoples with us on November 12. There will be arts and musical workshops inspired by traditional and contemporary arts practices within the Indigenous community. Enjoy an interactive workshop by the Redhawk Native American Arts Council, a nonprofit organization founded and maintained by Native American artists and educators residing in the New York City area. Since 1994, the Council has been dedicated to educating the general public about Native American heritage through song, dance, theater, works of art and other cultural forms of expression. Join us for a traditional song and dance at 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm. 

Kristy Raffensberger from the New York Public Library will read books written by Indigenous authors at 2:10 and 2:30, and will also be bringing books by Indigenous authors which visitors can find along the lobby windows and read as they sit on the benches. 

Let’s learn together!
Workshops include:

Clay Bar
Sacred Animals in Indigenous Mythology – Today at the Clay Bar we will sculpt eagles, buffalo, coyote, turtles, ravens, and other animals of significance in the mythology of Indigenous Peoples.

Spoken Word, inspired by Gyasi Ross – Inspired by contemporary indigenous storyteller Gyasi Ross, young artists will explore the genre of spoken word and create unique narratives today in the Soundbooth.

Media Lab
Shonto Begay Inspired Animations – Exploring the paintings of Shonto Begay, young artists will create stop motion animations throughout his illustrative North American landscapes.

Fine Arts
Community Web – Celebrate the Indigenous Cultural Festival with CMA! For this project, museum visitors will be creating a textured community mural inspired by the theme of universal “interconnectivity” and “Connective Tissue: New Approaches to Fiber in Contemporary Native Art” a collaborative installation happening now at the Institute of American Indian Arts. What are the ties that bind us together as a community, a museum, a city and a person in the world? In what ways are we interconnected despite our differences?

Water Protectors!
Young artists will create their very own “Water Protector Shields ” inspired by the people of Standing Rock Reservation and their fight for clean water. For this art-making activity, museum visitors will be making their own up-cycled shields that reclaim and illustrate why clean water is fundamental.

Tribal House – Chakma is the name of largest tribe found in the hilly area of Eastern Bangladesh known as Chittagaong Hill Tracks. In the celebration of Indigenous Culture, young artists will learn about South Asian Tribal people (Chakma Tribe) and how they build their houses on mountain areas.

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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