Erin Genia (SMACT ’19): Confronting Colonial Myths in Boston’s Public Space

ACT at MIT

Confronting Colonial Myths in Boston’s Public Space
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
6pm EST

Facilitated by ACT Alumna Erin Genia (SMACT ’19), Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota, Artist-in-Residence, City of Boston

During this virtual panel series, Indigenous leaders and artists will speak about their work in the public realm, and address how symbols perpetuating colonial myths affect the lives of Indigenous people in the city and contribute to the public health emergency of racism.

The first event in this series will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 6 p.m. It will be livestreamed to the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture Boston Facebook page.

Speakers:

Mahtowin Munro, Lakota, Co-leader of United American Indians of New England and lead organizer for Indigenous Peoples Day MA will speak about the “Dismantle Now! BIPOC Solidarity Against White Supremacy: March + Art Action” that took place at Faneuil Hall Square on July 8th, as well as her work calling for the removal of the Columbus statue and other colonial monuments and symbols in Boston.

Lilly E. Manycolors, mixed Choctaw, interdisciplinary artist and scholar will discuss her work “MISKODOODISWAN Red Sweat Lodge: Witnessing/Healing of Missing and Murdered Women,” now installed on Boston Common.

Jean-Luc Pierite, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, President of the Board, North American Indian Center of Boston, will talk about his work advocating for the protection of sacred sites around Boston.