With support from the American Indian Community House, Office of Minority Health, and Individual supporters we begin the Painting of the Tipis Community Mobilization Project. These tipis will have “Winter Counts” created and placed upon them which will tell stories of the HIV/AIDS movement from the Native American community of NYC. PrEPahHontoz along with volunteers from the American Indian Community House will produce pictorial images to then be screen printed onto the tipis. Each tipi will represent a decade of events with 10 per tipi. In the style Andy Warhol produced “Pop Art” at his factory. AICH members will create silk-screens which can print onto any substrate. We will use this project to highlight the importance to learning about safe behaviors, increase public discourse about HIV risk, and increase community based health promotion activities available to urban Native Americans. This project provides a culturally competent approach at data collection and opens the dialogue around a history of events that affected the community specifically around HIV/AIDS.
Upon the project’s completion we will list locations of where the tipis will be displayed. For questions or if you wish to help please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.