Saturday November 5, 2022 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
A multi-dimensional celebration honoring Indigenous cultures. Events include a scholarly discussion by guest speaker Rhonda Anderson, Western Massachusetts Commissioner on Indian Affairs; exhibition of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women painting project by Nayana LaFond; traditional cultural presentations including eastern woodland social songs by Andre StrongBearHeart; family storytelling in the native tradition by author Larry Spotted Crow Mann; music by Urban Thunder; artist Ella Alkiewicz; and food provided by Canna Provisions.
The centerpiece of the Celebration is the work of guest artist Anthony Melting Tallow, Bo’taan’niis, (Flying Chief) A member of the Blackfoot nation and proud Two Spirit, Aya’kii’kas’si, (Walks A Journey Between), Melting Tallow’s work addresses land dispossession, residential school inter-generational trauma, reframing indigenous voices, misappropriation of native imagery, and violence against indigenous women.
All are welcome.
This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This program has been sponsored by Easthampton Savings Bank.