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The Art of Inclusion (NYC)
November 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - November 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pmFree
In upstate New York, hundreds of monuments, markers and artifacts memorialize Native Americans or interactions between European-Americans and Native Americans. Few museums or historical societies have examined the context of these works, yet they remain visible on the landscape or in museums. This two-day event — an evening presentation followed by a day-long workshop — explores the role of memorialization of indigenous peoples in New York State. Memorialization is a key part of coming to terms with difficult pasts through its role in truth telling, empathy building, and developing inclusive identities. However, the memorialization of the history of Native Americans has been developed and repurposed, both in the past and present, to sometimes further narratives of exclusion, reinforce divisive identities, and enable past injustice to permeate the present.