A Journey: Indigenizing the Rising Sun with IPD Philly

Rising Sun Exhibition Workshops

A Journey: Indigenizing the Rising Sun is a series of two workshops with panel presentations and interactive activities led by IPD Philly (Indigenous Peoples’ Day Philly Inc) and Partners. The series is in conversation with the artwork Delegate by Rose B. Simpson, on view in Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America, and will provide participants the opportunity to learn stories of survival on Navajo Reservation and of Indigenous Immigrants in Philadelphia.

Through this journey of distinct stories and histories, participants will begin to envision concrete plans of action to challenge settler-colonial legacies, and to center and celebrate Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Peoples’ Day in their educational or professional practices from Lenapehoking –the ancestral land of the Lenni-Lenape. 

The first hour of each session will be streamed live on PAFA's YouTube channel, followed by an in-person, hands-on workshop in a small group setting. Seats are limited. Registration for each in-person workshop is first-come, first-served.

Scholarships are available to attend the in-person workshops. Learn more and apply.

Composite image with portrait of Dr. Davina Two Bears, and archival black and white images of the Old Leupp Boarding School.

Stories of Survival on a Navajo Reservation: Old Leupp Boarding School and Japanese Isolation Center 

Saturday, May 20, 11 am - 1 pm 

Dr. Davina Two Bears (Dine/Navajo) will present her work which explores the intersections of oppression and stories of survivance at the Old Leupp Boarding School, a Federal Indian Boarding School and Japanese Isolation Center. After her lecture, Dr. Two Bears will lead an interactive workshop where participants will have an opportunity to read, listen and gain deeper understanding of stories by those who survived and how we can advocate for the future generations. Learn more and register for Stories of Survival on a Navajo Reservation.

Composite image with portrait of Manuel Alejandro Vasquez,  and images of women smiling at a table with food

Stories of Indigenous Immigrants: The Sun, the Moon and What We Carry! 

Saturday, May 27, 11 am - 1 pm 

In the first hour, participants will hear stories about Indigenous immigrants’ political relationship to indigeneity and latinidad within the United States and more broadly within settler colonial nation states, featuring  Manuel Vasquez (Native Mexican / Zapotec Heritage), Miguel Sage (Taino/Cuban), and Mabel Negrete (CNS) (Native Chilean / Picunche-Inca Heritage). In the second hour, the speakers will lead an interactive activity to deconstruct perceptions of Indigenous immigrant narratives. Learn more and register for Stories of Indigenous Immigrants