This discussion will celebrate the experiences of Black-Indigenous/Afro-Indigenous people, examining their relationships to black and Native cultural identities, notions of community recognition, artistic practice and activism. It is a community that many have yet to fully understand. Thousands of people in the United States identify as Black-Indigenous/Afro-Indigenous, having both indigenous and African American lineages. Their lives raise important questions about conceptions of indigeneity, revealing the complex and often vexed relationships between cultures in the Americas. Audiences will have the opportunity to explore the work of these artists, culture bearers and activists who, through their practices, act as catalyzing agents in our communities and challenge legacies of colonial disempowerment. The artists will reflect upon their roles as leaders in an era of the Black Lives Matter movement during a time of great social and political turmoil. #NACFforBlackLivesMatter
Natalie Ball (Black, Modoc, and Klamath); she/her; Artist; Chiloquin, OR. www.natalieball.com
Martha Redbone (Cherokee, Choctaw, Shawnee, African-American descent); she/her; Singer/Songwriter/Composer; New York, New York. www.martharedboneroots.com
Amber Starks aka Melanin Mvskoke (Muscogee [Creek] Citizen); she/her; Afro Indigenous Activist; Portland, OR.
Stephen Qacung Blanchett (Yupik, African American); he/him; Musician and Art Education Director, Juneau Arts and Humanities Council; Juneau, AK. www.pamyua.com
This is a free event, but registration is required.