Current Affairs

 

Gaining Higher Ground

Tom
Klawsuc
Submitted by master on Tue, 11/20/2018 - 15:05
The Isle de Jean Charles Band of the Biloxi- Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe is leaving ancestral land threatened by subsidence and rising water and revitalizing its traditional culture on the way.

Abuelas, Ancestors and Atabey: The Spirit of Taíno Resurgence

Tom
Klawsuc
Submitted by master on Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:10
Speaking through Taíno spiritual leaders in trances, Puerto Rico’s ancestors repeatedly warned before last year’s devastating hurricanes to take care, algo viene, something is coming. These spiritual phenomena are an important strand of the Taíno resurgence, as descendants of the supposedly extinct Caribbean Indigenous peoples recover from the hurricane of European colonialism. This important movement is the focus of a new exhibit Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean at the George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian – Smithsonian in lower Manhattan.

Food Sovereignty

Tom
Klawsuc
Submitted by master on Fri, 05/25/2018 - 10:26
Traditional agriculture and cuisine are integral to tribal culture. Recovery of these roots is also preserving the well-being and identity of many Indian peoples.

The Persistence of Chicha

Tom
Klawsuc
Submitted by master on Fri, 05/25/2018 - 09:51
From dank chicherias in small towns to gourmet big-city restaurants catering to tourists, the traditional fermented-corn beverage chicha is still being drunk throughout the Andes. It is no longer the medium of reciprocity that oiled pre-colonial social bonds, but it is still a standard for Indigenous identity.

Celebrating Native Innovation

Tom
Klawsuc
Submitted by master on Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:35
The new imagiNATIONS Activity Center opening in May in the New York National Museum of the American Indian offers hands-on experience of the many discoveries of Indigenous Americans as they learned to thrive in their environment. Staples developed through generations of crossbreeding, such as potatoes, tomatoes and maize, have spread worldwide.