Echoes of the Earth: Indigenous Perspectives on Art and Climate Change conference in Bozeman April 5-6admin | March 24, 2012
Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development (SGF), in coordination with Hopa Mountain announce Echoes of the Earth, a convening where Indigenous artists, scientists, elders, leaders, and visionaries will share regional, national and international perspectives on climate change, one of the most significant environmental and cultural sustainability issues facing humanity and the natural world today. All activities will take place April 5-6 in Bozeman, Montana and are open to the public free-of-charge.
Echoes of the Earth will open with a reception and gallery talks by Bill Yellowtail (Crow), Director of Tribal Partnerships at Montana State University and Bently Spang (Northern Cheyenne), multi-disciplinary artist and videomaker at the Indian Uprising Gallery on the evening of April 5 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. This opening reception is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
On April 6, Echoes of the Earth will convene from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Emerson Cultural Center where Native American artists, scientists and culture bearers will join in dialogues in the Crawford Theater to discuss and formulate strategies to share their knowledge and perspectives on climate change and its impacts on cultural vitality and tribal ecosystem health regionally, nationally and internationally. An opening keynote address will be given by Dr. Henrietta Mann (Southern Cheyenne), Founding President of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College, and Seventh Generation Fund Board member. Panel presentations will include Marcus Amerman (Choctaw), bead, glass and performance artist; Michael Bucher (Cherokee) musician and song writer; Bill Eggers (Crow), attorney; Richard Horn (Blackfeet), traditional artist; Lisa Lone Fight (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Sahnish), co-founder of the Indigenous Geo-spatial Consortium and a graduate researcher at Montana State University in the areas of Indigenous and Geo-spatial Science/Remote Sensing; Oren Lyons (Onondaga and Seneca), elder and Seventh Generation Fund Board member; Josh Mori (Native Hawaiian) filmmaker and instructor at Montana State University; Tilton Old Bull, Sr. (Crow), Director of Crow Voices; Gail Small (Northern Cheyenne), Executive Director of Native Action; Bently Spang, Terry Tatsey (Blackfeet), Director of Institutional Development, at Blackfeet Community College; Allison Warden (Inupiaq), performance artist, and Peggy Wellknown Buffalo (Crow), Executive Director of The Center Pole. The event will be facilitated by Tia Oros Peters (Zuni) Executive Director of Seventh Generation Fund and Chris Peters (Pohlik-lah/Karuk), President and CEO of Seventh Generation Fund.
In addition to the presentations, Native artwork by distinguished artists such as Dg House (Cherokee), painter and owner of Big Medicine Art Studio in Bozeman, and emerging artists, such as Moses Yellow Robe (Crow and Northern Cheyenne), metal artist and University of Montana art major, will be on display and available for purchase in the Ballroom. Artwork will be available for sale from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Emerson Cultural Center’s Ballroom.
“Climate change and especially its impacts on water health and well-being that directly effect Indigenous cultures, peoples and ecosystems is the major threat of the 21st century. It is time to look to and engage with Indigenous traditional knowledge — our artists, culture bearers and visionaries — who hold strategies to bring awareness and action to this critical issue. The time for action is now” stated Tia Oros Peters, Seventh Generation Fund’s Executive Director.
The Seventh Generation Fund is an international Indigenous nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and maintaining the uniqueness of Native peoples throughout the Americas (7genfund.org). Hopa Mountain is a Bozeman-based nonprofit dedicated to investing in rural and tribal citizen leaders, adults and youth, who are working to improve education, ecological health, and economic development (hopamountain.org). Support for this event has been provided by the Bullitt Foundation, Cedar Tree Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation & Open Society Foundations. It is made possible with generous support from participating Native artists, scientists, and cultural bearers.
For more information, please visit 7genfund.org or call Hopa Mountain at (406) 586-2455.