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Oct 14, 2023
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Cautionary Tales: Climate Crisis & Indigenous Arts Symposium
Museum of International Folk Art

How have Indigenous artists’ practices shifted with the ongoing climate crisis? What traditional materials for creative works are increasingly threatened? Does technology play a role in how artists and their communities respond to the changing environment? And in what ways are Indigenous artists awakening the public to the imminent danger of the climate crisis and advocating for change?

Indigenous people are experiencing sometimes severe environmental changes in traditional homelands, the loss of materials for creative practices, threats to traditional skills and foundational knowledge systems, and challenges to subsistence hunting and food sovereignty, among other impacts. Individual presentations by Diné ethnobotanist Arnold Clifford, Northern Chumash visual artist Leah Mata Fragua, and Iñupiaq parka maker and climate initiatives program director Qataliña Jackie Schaeffer will be followed by a group discussion led by curator Tony Chavarria (Santa Clara Pueblo).

Funding for this symposium and the exhibition Ghhúunayúkata is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. The exhibition is also funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the International Folk Art Foundation, The CIRI Foundation, and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation’s Exhibition Development Fund.

Image: Brian Adams, Kivalina, Alaska: Kivalina Sea Wall, 2007. From the series Disappearing Villages. Courtesy of the artist.

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