First Peoples Week
Charlene Teter's Way of Sorrows | Art by Ryan Redcorn / Buffalo Nickel Creative
We’re embarking on our first-ever multi-day celebration of North American Indigenous life and history, and you’re invited!
For this week, celebrated Native creators, artists, podcasters, poets, photographers and others will take center stage. We’ll have vibrant conversations that will touch on land treaties, mascots, Indigenous representation, storytelling and more, led by This Land host Rebecca Nagle (Crooked Media), director and producer Madeline Sayet (White House Champion of Change) and community leaders from The Lenape Center and the American Indian Community House. Folk musician Samantha Crain also performs a special solo performance to close the festival on Saturday.
We’re kicking off the festival — on Monday, October 5 — with a virtual exhibition space, entitled “As Wide As the Sky,” that will feature dynamic photo essays, captivating oral histories, moving poetry and more, curated by artist and educator Maria Hupfield. “As Wide as the Sky’ showcases makers and thinkers working with Indigenous storywork to educate the heart, mind, body and spirit,” said Hupfield. “Viewed holistically, these works — located within culturally specific contexts, lived experiences, communities, and land — point to expanded definitions free of colonial boundaries. Narratives are introduced through text, image, and sound. As future ancestors, the works of these artists speak to the strength of human survival in these unprecedented times.”
As we bring so many voices together this week to educate minds, inspire hearts, and renew sprirts, The Greene Space would like to acknowledge that we are on Lenapehoking, the traditional and unceded land of the Lenape People, past and present. We honor with gratitude the land itself and the Lenape, who continue to honor and bring to light their heritage and contributions.