Confronting Colonial Myths in Boston's Public Space
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, at 6 p.m. The second event will be on Tuesday, July 28, at 6 p.m., and the third event will take place on August 4, at 6 p.m. The events will be livestreamed to the Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture Boston Facebook page.
The speakers for the first event include:
- Mahtowin Munro, Lakota, Co-leader of United American Indians of New England and lead organizer for IndigenousPeoplesDayMA.org, will speak about the “Dismantle Now! BIPOC Solidarity Against White Supremacy: March + Art Action” that took place at Faneuil Hall Square on July 8, 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.
The speakers for the second event will be announced soon.