CLOSES: CCNA: Dene bāhī Naabaahii

August 28, 2016 all-day
Kali Spitzer (Kaska Dena; Canadian, b. 1987), Sasha LaPoint II, 2014, image courtesy of artist.
Kali Spitzer (Kaska Dena/Jewish; Canadian, b. 1987), Sasha LaPointe II, 2014, image courtesy of artist.

This spring, the Center for Contemporary Native Art will present an exhibition featuring the work of Demian DinéYazhi’ (Diné) and Kali Spitzer (Kaska Dena/Jewish). Together, these artists will frame themes of gender, sexuality, and identity through the lens of their respective Indigenous cultural perspectives and traditional practices. Their work in the new Center will demonstrate their commitment to survivance, whichAnishinaabe scholar Gerald Vizenor defined as Indigenous self-expression in any medium that tells a story about an active Native presence in the world now. Survivance is more than mere survival—it is a way of life that nourishes Indigenous ways of knowing. Spitzer and DinéYazhi’ will create a transdisciplinary and multimedia space that reaffirms their dedication to cultural revitalization through language and social engagement—a contemporary and radical act of survivance.

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