Native American

Exhibit showcases art of #NativeAmerican youth

For more than 35 years, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has supported our next generation of indigenous artists with the annual Native American Student Art Show. The event encourages students to express their personal creativity while reflecting upon their deep-rooted history and traditions. This juried art show is open to Native American students in grades Pre-K through 12.

For more than 35 years, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has supported our next generation of indigenous artists with the annual Native American Student Art Show. The event encourages students to express their personal creativity while reflecting upon their deep-rooted history and traditions. This juried art show is open to Native American students in grades Pre-K through 12.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An exhibition opened today that shows off the creativity of New Mexico’s Native American young people.

The Native American Student Art Show is an annual event featuring works from K through 12 students across the state.

Any Native American student can submit a piece and winners are chosen by a jury.

Some of the art is also for sale, with proceeds going right back to the students.

The show is in the 38th year. This year’s theme is “The Power of Stories.”

“It’s a Native-relevant topic and so it’s something they can come together and kind of think about and put themselves down on a piece of paper saying ‘this is what I think about storytelling.’ or ‘this is a story that means a lot to me’ and I want to share that,” said Rachel Moore, curator at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

The show runs every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through January 5 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center on 12th Street near Menaul.

More here.

Fresh Tracks Project Creates Cross Cultural Exchange for Native and Urban Youth

In August 2016, 16 young people from Los Angeles and Alaska will have the unique opportunity to get to know one another’s environments and culture through an exchange program called Fresh Tracks.

The program will provide participants with outdoor experiences, leadership skills, a sense of responsibility for protecting their public lands, and an appreciation of each others’ cultures. Youth from urban Los Angeles and Native Youth from the Arctic Circle communities will be among the young leaders to participate in this initiative. With support from IslandWood, the Sierra Club, the Children & Nature Network’s Natural Leaders program, and others, the participants will spend three weeks together this summer in addition to receiving mentorship, and internship/job opportunities beyond the summer to create a lifetime impact.

Fresh Tracks is one of several projects announced by President Obama after his influential trip to Alaska in summer 2015. According to a C&NN article written by Juan Martinez:

“Many young Los Angeles residents and Alaska Native Youth face similar challenges, including high unemployment, drug abuse, and a lack of access to healthy food and parks, and higher education. At the same time, many of us are bound by shared aspirations, a desire to know the world and to make it better.”

We look forward to hearing more about the outcomes of this exchange! Click here for more.