HOLIKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) – The Wisteriahurst Museum held a celebration Saturday to honor the region’s Indigenous cultures.
Indigenous peoples’ representatives gathered at the Wisteriahurst Museum in Holyoke to not only share artworks and culture, but to draw attention to the issues facing Indigenous peoples today…
Artist Anthony Melting Tallow said, “This show is a tribute to the efforts of many people within and outside of Indigenous communities to support the voices of Indigenous Peoples during this month’s Native American Heritage Month. It’s a culmination,” he said.
Nayana Lafond is an artist who paints missing or murdered indigenous people.
She told Western Mass News that Indigenous women are 11 times more likely to be killed or go missing.
“I try to represent them as human beings. To show everyone who sees them that they are no different than their own mothers, sisters, brothers and cousins. We are all human and deserve safety.” I will,” Ranford said.
LaFonde hopes her work raises awareness of the issues, she said, that are ignored in the United States.
“98% of indigenous peoples experience violence in their lifetime. It’s highly overlooked, especially on the East Coast where we live,” she said.
A portion of the artwork sold at the event will donate proceeds to programs that support Native American communities.
Their hope is to start conversations that help people better understand Native Americans.
“Kinship, relationship, reciprocity and respect. They are the foundation of indigenous cultures to this day, cultures that welcome sharing, cultures of mutual benefit, and move forward in a positive way into the future. It’s a culture of doing things,” Melting Tallow said.
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