Contemporary Culture: Equity and Access in the Arts for Native American Communities
About this Issue
“We are here together to carry the creative and thoughtful spirit of the people forward, to assist in feeding the imagination, the heart and soul of the people.”
U.S. Poet Laureate (and NEA Literature Fellow) Joy Harjo (Muscogee/Creek) spoke of the power of the arts in her keynote address at Native Arts and Culture: Resilience, Reclamation, and Relevance, a first-of-its-kind national convening that was hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Native Arts & Cultures Foundation in February 2020. Members from more than 40 tribal nations participated in the convening, as well as the heads of several federal agencies, and important nation-to-nation work in the arts was accomplished. But there remains much to be done to support Native arts and culture, and one of the ways is to share information on what Native artists are doing today and how the various Native cultures interact with and enhance American culture. In this issue, we look at artists and arts organizations who, in their own words, share how they are moving their culture and their people forward through their creativity.