Indigenous Women Empower The Resistance
This event centers women, acknowledging their work at paving the way in Indigenous art, music, resistance movements and their continued nurturing of our communities. In appreciation for their hard work and accomplishments, we are showing our love and respect with this event, and creating a space for our Indigenous communities and allies to come together. By honoring our women, we are honoring the earth. You can’t have one without the other.
Funds and awareness raised for Indigenous led projects throughout the Southwest fighting to protect Mother Earth.
NAHKO and Friends, Winona LaDuke, Radmilla Cody, Rulan Tangen of Dancing Earth, Tazbah, Rose Chavez, Rose B. Simpson, Whisper, Say Wut?! The Beatbox Queen, Jennifer Kriesberg, Tanaya Winder, Miss Ginger
*come early to explore Meow Wolf Art Complex! (closes at 8pm), night ends with a special DJ set by Miss Ginger
More about the event:
We would like to take this opportunity to remind Indian Country of the amazing work that women are creating here in the Southwest by hosting a jam called “DEAR PATRIARCHY,”. This event will provide a space for our Indigenous communities and their allies to come together to support art and music in relationship to resistance and the protection for Mother Earth. This event centers Indigenous women and acknowledges their work in paving the way for Indigenous art, music, resistance & for continuing to nurture our communities. In appreciation for their hard work and accomplishments, we are showing our love and respect with this event. By honoring our women, we are honoring the earth. You can’t have one without the other. From what has taken place at Standing Rock to recent immigration policies, Indigenous people have been faced with immense trauma this year. Our people need a good party to let loose, restore, heal, connect and to be inspired to push forward. The Southwest is a huge mecca for art and inspiration, and we want to celebrate the strength in this place. “DEAR PATRIARCHY,” will provide a space for connection and healing through music and art, creating an environment to honor women, OG activists (both native and non-native) and the youngins that love art and music and are also trying to find their connection back to Mother Earth.
The funds generated through this event will aid Indigenous led projects in the Southwest that are fighting to protect Mother Earth & Mother Water. Regardless of what direction we go in we are all striving to make our communities better and all we have is each other. From fracking Chaco Canyon to direct action in shutting down one of the dirtiest coal fired power plants in the Nation, support is needed, resistance is necessary. Funding will also support the Indigenous art movement as art plays a crucial role in resistance to extractive industry. It is important to give individuals the opportunity to think critically about the injustices in their communities. Even more important, however, is the message that Indigenous voices deserve and need to be heard. To see art with a strong message, drives individuals to begin thinking about the impacts resource extraction has on their own health, the environment, and how it all ties into the alarming rates of cancer and respiratory illnesses. Coal, uranium, fracking, water mining, and GMO farming, all contribute to poor health. In the Southwest, water wars are beginning and a battle between human survival or the survival of the extractive economy are real. People need an avenue to break away from the entrenched poverty and environmental destruction that plagues our reservations, which is an epidemic across all Indian Country. But art heals, WE ARE ART!
A special thanks to Honor the Earth and Broken Boxes Podcast and Meow Wolf for your work and support in making this event possible!
Honor the Earth
For more information contact Kim Smith:
*This is the same week in April when Gathering of Nations Powwow comes to Albuquerque, New Mexico. GON is one of the largest annual Native gatherings in the United States, with over 500 tribes participating. GON satellite events for young folks are often fashion shows, capitalism based and club culture events. Powwows events traditionally are intended as a social gathering, backed by community support, traditional song, dance, creativity, self-expression and art. Unfortunately, when these events become so large, they often get distorted and create a culture where Native peoples are romanticized and exploited. As young Indigenous folks, we see the need to come together and reclaim our community spaces, to bring back the flava and that essence of community to this time of year in New Mexico, and to do it in a beautiful and healing way. “DEAR PATRIARCHY,” will not be a typical Gathering of Nations satellite show, we are coming together to celebrate women artists and leaders in space that celebrates art as a core fundamental. So let’s bring the essence back into the “gathering of nations”!