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Indigenous Sensitivity and Justice Training for Arts and Museum Educators
Thursday, May 9, 2019
6–7:30 pm
18 West 86th Street
Bard Graduate Center Gallery, Floor 2
Refreshments will be served after the workshop
Free with RSVP

Join us for a workshop facilitated by Cliff Matias of The Redhawk Native American Arts Council and hosted within Bard Graduate Center’s exhibition The Story Box: Franz Boaz, George Hunt, and the Making of Anthropology. Engage in a dialogue about best practices for teaching students about Native American history and culture. The workshop will foster understanding of stereotypes and cultural appropriation and challenge preconceived biases. Educators will gain knowledge about appropriate language and framing in order to feel more confident when teaching indigenous history.

Cliff Matias is a Native American artist and educator currently living in South Amboy, NJ. For over 25 years he has served as the Cultural Director for the Redhawk Native American Arts Council. From 1994 until 1998 he served as the Cultural Director for Title 9 Native American Education for New York City from 1995to 96 he was the co-host of Circle of Red Nations radio program on WBAI. From1997-1999 Cliff was a cultural interrupter for the National Museum of the American Indian in NYC and was a feature artist in the museums production “A Native American Thanksgiving”. From 1999 and currently Cliff is a photo journalist for Indian Country to Day Media and has covered stories from Hawaii to Peru.

As a cultural artist and photographer his work has been displayed in galleries and museums around the world. As the leader of the Redhawk Dance troupe Cliff has presented dance, music and educational workshops for schools, universities, public and private organizations around the world. Since 2005 he teaches a cultural diversity workshop through the opening doors program at Kingsbourgh Community College and a cultural dance workshop each semester at Barnard Columbia University. Mr Matias is a champion hoop dancer and Northern men’s traditional dancer as well as a Samoan Fire knife dancer.

Learn more about The Story Box here:

Advanced registration is required, a limited number of seats are available.

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Jan Tschichold and the New Typography: Graphic Design Between the World Wars
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The Story Box: Franz Boas, George Hunt and the Making of Anthropology
February 14 – July 7, 2019 Learn More Button
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