The American Indian Community House is a not-for-profit organization in its 50th year serving the needs of Native Americans residing in New York City. The American Indian Community House continues its cultural legacy in the advancement of art and inter-cultural understanding.
The American Indian Community House’s site-specific exhibition on Governor’s Island is located at the Admiral’s House. The former commanding officer’s home offers a unique venue for visitor engagement. The exhibition provides a Native American narrative told by the longest operating Native American not-for-profit in New York City. Through art, performances, workshops and demonstrations the American Indian Community House will share traditional and contemporary cultural themes.
The American Indian Community House’s art collection takes on new significance at Governor’s Island. The exhibition showcases works in the collection by several artists of varied mediums and backgrounds. Featuring contemporary photographer Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie (Taskigi/Diné) renowned for her representation of Native American and indigenous communities. Kevin Red Star (Apsáalooke) contemporary painter presents Crow culture and tribal traditions through a modern perspective. Hock E Aye VI Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne/Arapaho) multi-disciplinary artist and prominent advocate for indigenous rights. Ahtone Harjo (Kiowa) contemporary painter and ledger artist acknowledged for being instrumental in the revival of ledger art. Pena Bonita (Seminole/Apache) multi-disciplinary artist recognized for embracing Native contemporary and traditional themes with emphasis on women’s liberation issues. The exhibition also highlights artworks from Native American artists who were community influencers in New York City’s LGBTQ movements.
The exhibition seeks to reflect the diverse demographic of tribal populations while revealing the inter-tribal connectedness shared amongst Native Americans living in contemporary society.
The American Indian Community House 50 Year Celebration of Traditions and Art: Honouring our Past, Present and Future: Art Exhibition Open to the Public.
All My Relations + Traditional Lifeways Activation
This is a series of gatherings and workshops to engage NYC Urban Indians, neighboring Nations and Indigenous allies within the North Eastern Region. We will explore, create, share and build with one another. We will relate beyond acknowledgments, we will connect and truly learn from each other, understand the teachings and foundations of values and how to apply them to our everyday lives. Beyond Decolonisation, we relearn how to exist in our indigeneity and traditions without doubts or colonial afflictions.
The focus will be on Indigenized learning and exposure to Traditional and Contemporary Native American Existence. As a living culture we will recreate space in our lifestyles and space in this territory to embrace our existence, growth, healing, relations and a life beyond resistance!