Join us for an afternoon of artwork, drumming & singing, dancing in traditional regalia, conversations, sharing of stories, social dances, and community building over refreshments. Native artists will also be sharing and selling their artwork. Hosted by American Indian Community House in collaboration with NativeTec, Shinnecock Foundation of the Arts, The First Nations Theater Guild, and Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective.
SAT | FEB 15 | 12 PM | FESTIVAL
FREE (RSVP will open Jan 15)
American Indian Community house in collaboration with Flushing Town Hall, NativeTec, Shinnecock Foundation of Arts, and the First Nations Theater Theater Guild host the AICH Monthly Social. Join us for an evening of artwork, drumming & singing, dancing in traditional regalia, conversation, sharing of stories, social dances and community building over refreshments. This Artist Social will feature Native artists who will be both selling and sharing their artwork, and presentations from the artists explaining their work and mediums. Similar to a Pow Wow but smaller, the Social is an extension of a long-standing lifeway among Indigenous people that brings relations and friends from different Tribal Nations together. The AICH Socials solidifies bonds among Indigenous people living in the New York City area who are often far from their original homelands but can also welcome new friendships with guests from diverse communities. In this spirit, AICH has partnered with many organizations and institutions throughout its history to make a truly inclusive experience.
American Indian Community House Mission
The mission of American Indian Community House (AICH) is to improve and promote the well-being of the American Indian Community and to increase the visibility of American Indian cultures in an urban setting in order to cultivate awareness, understanding and respect. Visit aich.org
First Nations Theater Theater Guild is an organization for First Nations people by First Nations people in the arts. Nothing About Us Without Us.
Since February 2018 a small robust group of Native/Indigenous/First Nations artists’ have met once a month around the city of New York to find a community of other Native/Indigenous/First Nations artists’ landing at American Indian House to utilize space to meet. In these initial conversations we came together to socialize, to have protocol, talk story, and gathered around what we were working on. Through a guided conversation we were able to establish community agreements (on going and subject to change) and spoke about the intentionality of the group. In this conversation we were able to discuss subjects like protocol, blood quantum, tokenization, and the appropriation of Native culture in the theater/art world. Now, from the four meetings we have established a database and worked on actionable items such as a letter to the field about appropriation versus appreciation, indigenizing spaces verses decolonization. This group is open to allies with placing First Nations people’s art and voices first. Visit www.firstnationstheaterguild.com
NativeTec Is a Native American Artist and Cultural Consultant. My tribes are Matinecock, Wampanoag Pokanoket, Montaukett and Blackfoot.
Wampum comes from the quahog shell, renowned for its deep purple coloring. It is found mostly in the northeast, from Long Island, New York to New England.Wampum has been used in my culture in ceremonies, regalia, trade agreements, and treaties to connect our people and remind them of their connection to the water and earth, which gives us life and food. We as eastern woodland natives treasure wampum; its beautiful colors allow us to wear it with pride and know that our ancestors have been working with it for thousands of years. My art work allows me to connect with my ancestors by carrying on their traditions and also saying to the world we are still here and we are still connected with our genealogical ties to the land. In my work, I transform the shells into something that is familiar to the viewer. It is my way of communicating that to Natives, the shells are more than just what they appear to be at face value and provide the viewer with a glimpse of the spiritual connection that we have with the shells and mother earth. Follow on Social Media @nativetec, Facebook & Instagram