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 3 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 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm, and Children’s Librarian Kristy Raffensberger from our local NYPL Hudson Park branch will be hosting Story Time at 11 am, reading books by Native American authors.

Workshops include:

Metal Keepsakes, inspired by Margaret Jacobs in Fine Arts: Margaret Jacobs is a member of the Awkwesasne Mohawk tribe and creates detailed objects out of metal for both fine art and jewelry purposes. Their Steel Medicine series asks questions about the objects and ideals we hold dear while continuing our fight to protect our environment and people. Today in the studio, we’ll be using metal material like wire and aluminum foil in order to recreate items we want to preserve forever and protect from harm. These can be recreations of our favorite toys, prized possessions, family heirlooms, or any item you hold near and dear to your heart.

Connected Collage, inspired by Frank Big Bear in Fine Arts: Frank Big Bear created Walker Collage, Multiverse #10, a massive collage that takes up an entire wall of tiles. The artist sought to create a grand piece that unites all of the tiles by using collage material cut up and repositioned. Pieces of one image are spread amongst multiple tiles, so they all blend together seamlessly. Today in the studio, we’ll be creating our own collaborative collage that connects through color and shape just like the wall Frank created. Together we can find the common connections between us and bridge the gaps that can divide us!

Words and Feelings Posters, inspired by Edgar Heap of Birds in the Gallery: Artist Edgar Heap of Birds creates posters using poetic language and sharp color to get across personal and political messages. Their use of words and drawing style challenges the viewer. Today, we are taking inspiration from this artist to create our own personal posters. Take a word from the bin on the front table in the studio and create a three word poem or slogan to represent that word. Then, use a drawing style that would visually represent your words. What would a scary font look like? What would a happy poster look like? Create a poster with your own personal take on a word!

Clay Reliefs inspired by Teri Greeves in the Clay Bar: Teri Greeves is a Kiowa artist living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Greeves identifies as a beadworker of the 21st century, beading sneakers, books, and other items.In this special Clay Bar workshop, young artists will celebrate her work by making clay reliefs and using beads and other objects to decorate our patterns and designs!

Storytelling inspired by Never Alone in the Media Lab: Never Alone is a video game created by Cook Inlet Tribal Council, the first Indigenous-owned video game developer and publisher in U.S. history. The game features a Iñupiaq girl named Nuna and her Arctic fox as they search for the source of a blizzard that has destroyed her village. Never Alone blends puzzle platform video gameplay with storytelling using a mix of 2D and 3D animation. In this Media Lab workshop, young artists will explore with Scratch, a video game software software, and stop motion animation to tell the stories from their families. Use Never Alone as inspiration to tell stories through video games!

Hip Hop inspired by Frank Waln in the Sound Booth: Frank Waln is a Lakota rapper and producer who uses his music to elevate the voices of Indigenous people in the Midwest. Use samples and beats inspired by the style of Frank Waln to create your music! What do you have to say about heritage, historyand family?

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. 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

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