I was taught that our arts carry the spirit of the people. It is through art that we know ourselves. It’s through art that we will go forward into the world and it is through art that our cultures will be remembered.
—Joy Harjo (Mvskoke) Poet and Musician, Oklahoma
The arts and cultures of the diverse First Peoples in this country are powerful, beautiful and growing, and offer perspectives that can inspire creative and provocative new discussion on some of our nation’s toughest collective challenges.
The greater world is looking now in some ways at the Indigenous cultures, knowing that there’s something very powerful in there, and it stems back to the art ways. The foundation gave us a seed to plant and there’s so many plants that are going to grow from that.
—TahNibaa Naataanii (Navajo) Diné be’ iiná (The Navajo Lifeway), Arizona