Socially Engaged Art: A Standing Rock Round Up

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Several Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellows, past and present, have been vocal advocates for the Water Protectors of the Oceti Sakowin Camp, a historic gathering of Indigenous Nations and allies on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation, in response to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

While this is by no means a comprehensive list of the work of our over 40 National Artist Fellows, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation is proud to support the socially engaged art and advocacy of its artists.

2016 Fellows

  • Musician, educator and activist Tiokasin Ghosthorse (Mnicoujou/Itazipco Lakota) devoted several of his First Voices Radio programs to Standing Rock, and authored the thought-provoking article “Living in Relativity.”
  • Multimedia artist Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan, Hisdatsa, Arikara, Lakota) designed a mirrored shield for Water Protectors on the front line, and created an instructional video on how others can inexpensively create and send them to the Camp.
  • Musician Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) has performed in multiple fundraisers in and around New York City, some in collaboration with 2014 Fellow Raven Chacon (Navajo).
  • Following a site visit in which he documented and shared stark images of the Camp and its Water Protectors, painter Bunky Echo-Hawk (Pawnee, Yakama) has focused his winter blog posts on the connection between environmental justice and art.

2015 Fellows

2014 Fellows

2013 Fellows

2012 Fellows

  • Choreographer Rulan Tangen (Metis)’s company Dancing Earth Creations performed a benefit fundraiser for Standing Rock.

2011 Fellows

 

Native Arts and Cultures Fellow past and present: let us know what you are doing! Email valerie(@)nativeartsandcultures.org

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