Three Ways to Honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2022

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Monday, Oct. 10 marks Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the US, a celebration of the rich and varied histories and cultures of Native Americans. This weekend, REDCAT and the IDEA Office at CalArts present several events to honor the holiday, ranging from sound installations to live performances.

Alisha Wormsley and Kite: Black Indigenous Dreaming Workshop | Image courtesy of REDCAT

Alisha Wormsley and Kite: Black Indigenous Dreaming Workshop

This Friday and Saturday, REDCAT hosts Black Indigenous Dreaming Workshop, a sound installation by interdisciplinary artist and 2022 Guggenheim Fellow Alisha Wormsley and award-winning Oglála Lakȟóta performance artist Kite (Music BFA 14). More about the work from REDCAT

Alisha Wormsley and Kite present a tactile collage of thinking, becoming, speaking, and dreaming—not across from, but next to and with each other. The sound installation presented at REDCAT invites the audience to experience the voices of “Black and Indigenous Dreaming Workshop” while lying down and/or at rest, as a starting point for co-dreaming a new world. 

The work is presented as part of the Oklahoma Intertribal Noise Symposium 2022 (see below).

Oklahoma Intertribal Noise Symposium 2022

On Saturday, Oct. 8, American Indian experimental sound artists Autumn Chacon, Kite, TickSuck, Robbie Wing, and Nathan Young present Oklahoma Intertribal Noise Symposium 2022. Named after Young’s 2019 event Oklahoma Intertribal Noise Symposium in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the evening program presents a “constellation of sonic experiments across genres” and features noise musicians, drone poets, field recordists, and live performance.

Members of the CalArts community can use the code OKCalArts at checkout to receive free tickets.

The symposium at REDCAT is preceded by a free special preview performance on Friday, Oct. 7 at the Wild Beast on the CalArts campus, featuring a Q&A session with the artists.

Kite | Image courtesy of REDCAT

Sunland-Tujunga 2nd Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day

On Sunday, Oct. 9, CalArts’ IDEA Office co-sponsors the Sunland-Tujunga 2nd Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day, where attendees gather at a sacred space under the oak trees. The event, which is open to the public, features music and dance, storytelling, vendors, resources, fine arts and crafts, traditional Native food, and more.

**Additionally, Groundworks—a documentary on California Indigenous artists from CalArts—airs on public television stations this month, including on PBS SoCal on Oct. 10 and 11.

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PUBLISHED BY Taya Zoormandan

As digital content and social media producer, Taya enjoys lifting up the stories and accomplishments of CalArts' students, alums, and faculty. She fancies herself a visual artist but is really more of an overzealous collector of art supplies.

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