Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now
Opening August 29, 2019
Performance of poetry, spoken word, music and storytelling. This event complements Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now.
Frank Waln is a Lakota Hip Hop artist, producer and audio engineer from the Rosebud Rez in South Dakota. A recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, he attended Columbia College Chicago where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in audio arts and acoustics. His awards include three Native American Music Awards, the 3Arts Grant for Chicago Artists and the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation 2018 National Artist Fellowship for Artistic Innovation. He has been featured in The Fader, Vibe, NPR, Paper Magazine, ESPN and MTV’s Rebel Music.
The Sampson Brothers, Lumhe and Samsoche Sampson, (Seneca and Muscogee Creek) are master hoop dancers who often accompany Frank Waln. They grew up in Los Angeles, where their mother is a fancy shawl dancer and their late father, Will Sampson, was a Native American actor who played Chief Bromden in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Tanaya Winder is a poet, writer, artist and educator who was raised on the Southern Ute reservation in Ignacio, Colorado. An enrolled member of the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe, her background includes Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Diné and Black heritages. A winner of the 2010 A Room Of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando prize in poetry, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY, Rumpus, and World Literature Review, among others. Her debut poetry collection Words Like Love was published in 2015 by West End Press. Her chapbook Why Storms are Named After People and Bullets Remain Nameless was released in 2017.