Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater
Saturday, October 22, 2022
11 am–5 pm
Sunday, October 23, 2022
11 am–5 pm
The Whitney Museum is proud to collaborate with our community partner, American Indian Community House, for this two-day workshop teaching how to make a contemporary Native American women’s ribbon skirt. This workshop encourages participants to connect with their heritage, learn and work with others in their community, and represent themselves authentically and as Indigenous to the world at large.
Ribbon skirts are a part of Native American Indigenous regalia that can be worn for ceremonial or social purposes, or as daily garment wear. They are a symbol of resilience, sacredness, and survival. While not tribal-specific, the skirt empowers women to be recognized as Indigenous in daily life.
Many Native American/American Indian/Indigenous people of the Americas have been disenfranchised from their culture due to colonization, residential schools, and other socioeconomic situations. It is often difficult to find tribal members, elders, or community members to learn spiritual or cultural practices. There are certain practices considered universal; these teachings help individuals connect to their Indigenous heritage.
Participants are asked to come with a collective “good mind” to help others learn and support each other in this endeavor. The concept of a “good mind” comes from Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) teachings that whenever people gather, they come together as one in peace, kindness, and wellness.
Space for the Good Mind Ribbon Skirt Workshop is limited.
American Indian Community House is a part of the Whitney Education Community Advisory Network. Learn more here.
The Susan and John Hess Family Theater is equipped with an induction loop and infrared assistive listening system. Accessible seating is available.
Face coverings are required to attend this event. All attendees ages two and older must wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth.
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