Natove American student interns at Columbia University School of Social Work are organizing to help two fellow CSSW students who are facing deportation currently and desperately need mutual aid support. They asked that AICH post this on social media to reach out for support from the community.
Attached below are flyers for each student, and here are the links to Ruby’s GoFundMe and Majisola’s GoFundMe.
MoMA event was a success! Community members, staff and Board members joined in celebration of the work of Diane Burns, Anishnabe poet and writer. It was a beautiful evening featuring performances from Community members Nicole Wallace, Nicholson Billey and Jennifer Kreisberg. AICH Deputy Director Patricia Tarrant did a wonderful job of coordinating with MoMA staff and also connecting with Diane's daughter who attended with her family and read from her mother's poetry. AICH recieved a donation of $900 from Josh Stoneman and his partner Roko of Mister Bandana. Additionally Patricia shared an amazing slide show featuring AICH members through the ages drive.google.com/file/d/1u9NYOSejF7C4cDmpRjrkHehLxGqJGVwj/view?usp=drive_web.
The AICH Youth Council offered a Spirit Plate in honor of Diane and many prayers were said.
Sharing a great opportunity to learn from renowned artist Tchin, a long-time member of our AICH community. -- Indigenous Flute Making/Playing Workshop at School of Visual Arts NYC with Tchin -- Feb. 01, 2023 – April 19, 2023, Wednesdays 4:00pm-630pm Learn how to make and play various flutes in this course. Beginning with the Native American courting flute, students will construct two courting flutes–one from traditional cedar wood and one with PVC. Students will also make two nose flutes – a rare North American nose flute and the Ohe hano ihu nose flute of Hawaii. The Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo is the fifth flute to be produced in this course and students will learn the "circular breathing" technique used in playing the Didgeridoo. No musical background is necessary. -- This course is held on campus at SVA. 131 W 21st St, New York, NY 10011
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We received some Native teachings from Brad Marsden, Giwich'in First Nation in BC, Canada. Some of you may have attended his workshop on healing historical trauma at AICH on December 11, 2022. Brad has offered to share healing as a way to promote wellbeing using our traditional cultures, spiritual practices and experiences. Please feel free to reach out to Brad directly as well at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad thank you for your generous and supportive discussion below:
Smudging is a Native American ritual that links smoke with spirituality in remarkable ways.
This is a common ceremonial ritual among indigenous people all over Turtle Island and it is held closely to purify, spiritually cleanse, rid physical spaces of negative energy, and bless.
What is Smudging?
Smudging is a ceremony that consists of burning plant herbs and resins in either a clay or shelled bowl while prayers are being done.
This results in a smoke cloud formation that is believed to cleanse the air and those within it.
Smudging is used to clear people and places of negative energy they would rather not surround themselves with.
Smudging is used among many Native peoples on Turtle Island and has played an active role for centuries.
Smudging is to better the lives of people and the places they live.
Smudging is the bridge between mortal life and higher realms, bringing in good spirits and eliminating any negative, stagnant ones.
This ceremony lifts away any sadness, impurities, and anxieties, and remediates poor health, leaving nothing but peace and harmony for both individuals and the environment after the cleansing.
What Are The Best Herbs To Use?
The herbs used for smudging have antispetic features, meaning that when burned, they legitimately do purify the air.
Sage Cedar Sweetgrass Tobacco
Thank you, Brad
Please see pictures of Cheyenne's daughter Leeandra wearing an amazing ribbon skirt Cheyenne made for her eldest daughter Chapa who lives in Denver. Leeandra is active in the AICH Youth Council and has expressed interest in jingle dress dancing. Also Cheyenne is making a ribbon skirt for herself, note the distinctive orange ribbon honoring "Every Child Matters", which keeps taken children in our minds and hearts. Cheyenne, like many AICH community members, learned ribbonskirt making from Mohawk traditional artisan and teacher Debra Stalk. Debra your skills live on and will continue to blossom in many AICH families. Nia:wen-thanks.
We also included an article from the Eastern Door Newspaper from the Kahnawake Mohawk First Nation featuring Debra's artistic and cultural learnings. As many know Kahnawake is affiliated with many founding AICH families and Mohawk Iron Workers still employed in NYC. Debra is also been very active with AICH's LandBack Action Circle (LBAC), focusing on finding AICH a permanent location. We will provide you an update soon on this work and introduce new staff members Ben Haile, Shinnecock Nation and a new coordinator for the LBAC.