The Wayfinding Project, an evolving exhibit and lab, opened on March 23 with a big turnout and will be on view until December 21! I will be in the gallery May 2-6 from 2-5PM as part of Creative Tech Week if you want to visit with me and experience the augmented and virtual reality creations as part of the lab'sIndigenous Vision Training Program! Check out this 360-degree photo documentation of the exhibition.
Missed the Inaugural Ceremony? Click here for a 360-degree video documentation of the Inaugural Ceremony for The Wayfinding Project. The choreography of the night began with Chief Reggie Herb Dancer Ceaser of the Matinecock Nation generously blessing each attendee at the threshold of the gallery. I then read a quote from navigator Nainoa Thompson's "On Wayfinding," Kaina Quenga then descended the stairs while playing the nose flute, Polynesian chanters from the Hālāwai Committee (Kauila Keallikanakaole, Kris Kato, Keoni Di Franco, Kapena Alapai, Amy Hundley and Dara Faust) presented an 'oli to ask for permission to land in Lenapehoking and were welcomed by Donna Couteau of Leaf Arrow Theatre in Algonquian language. All of this was a pre-ceremony in anticipation of the arrival of Hōkūleʻa and the subsequent indigenous cultural revitalization to follow in NYC. Learn more by watching this 10 min interview where I got together with Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Lenape Center, Joe Baker, and did a 360-degree interview with him about upcoming collaborations between the Lenape Center and The Wayfinding Lab!
*Use your cursor to drag the video in 360-degree rotation.
The Wayfinding Lab has many activities planned for the next few months...right around the corner is the opening event for the Free University's Liberation Lab. The Wayfinding Lab of Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU is working with the Lenape Center and American Indian Community House and Native American and Indigenous Students' Group at NYU - NAISG to present 30 min of LENAPE CALIBRATION.
LENAPE CALIBRATION WORKSHOP
Meet at the circle close to Washington Square West where there is a yellow sassafras leaf pinned on the map below
Precolonial Manahahtaan was connected to the rest of the Northeast region through the Lenape Trail that we now call Broadway. Starting in Battery Park and running through Inwood, this indigenous highway stretched far beyond the region that is also known as Lenapehoking, meaning the traditional homeland of the Lenape people. In this workshop, we will decolonize NYC history by chalking both the historic and future trails that runs through Washington Square Park and learn about the ways in which Indigenous cultures continue to serve as cultural and ecological stewards of Mother Earth.
Angelo Baca, Co-President, Native American and Indigenous Student Group at NYU
Rick Chavolla, American Indian Community House
Beatrice Glow, Visiting Scholar, Asian/Pacific/American Institute
This workshop was developed in conversation with the Lenape Center