If you’re in New Mexico during the week of Gathering of Nations and you’re looking to check out an event that’s less-than-mainstream but more-than-outstanding, Dear Patriarchy is a must-see.
Located at the Meow Wolf Art Complex in Santa Fe and taking place April 27th, Dear Patriarchy will include a stunning lineup of artists and headliners including Winona LaDuke, Radmilla Cody and Tanaya Winder, and all with powerful messages and strong stories.
Organizers Kim Smith and Ginger Dunnill describe Dear Patriarchy as a benefit show for those fighting to protect Mother Earth. Dear Patriarchy is a viable alternative social space for pow wow goers and the Native community in general.
Proceeds from ticket sales will support Indigenous-led environmentalist projects throughout the Southwest. Purchase them at meowolf.com.
Here’s a little more about each performer, the space, and organizers.
Nahko and Friends
Nahko and Friends is a hip-hop / folk rock collective led by Nahko Bear, (Puerto Rican/Native American/Filipino). Nahko Bear is an artist who considers himself a citizen in service to the planet.
He says his current tour, Medicine of the People, was born out of a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and social healing.
An internationally-renowned indigenous activist and public speaker from the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, LaDuke champions sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems, and other environmental justice and human rights issues.
LaDuke is a Harvard graduate, former Green Party Vice-Presidential candidate, author of five books, program director of Honor the Earth, recipient of dozens of awards and honors, and founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project.
A musician from the Navajo Nation, Cody is an international performer who has earned many accolades and awards, including a Grammy nomination, multiple Native American Music Awards, the 46th Miss Navajo Nation, one ofNPR’s 50 Great Voices, and more.
Cody utilizes her personal story to advocate against the domestic violence epidemic and to communicate positive messages for children who, like herself, have experienced prejudice due to biracial and multiracial identity.
A pioneer of the contemporary Indigenous dance movement, Tangen is the founding artistic director ofDancing Earth Creations. Her dance experience includes professional ballet, pow wow, circus performance and more.
She offers an eco-cultural form of dance through community workshops and performances.
Raised on the Owens Valley Paiute reservation in the Sierra Nevada of California, Chavez is Nuumu, Dine and Apache and a citizen of the Bishop Paiute Tribe. Chavez has been writing poetry on themes of love, land and the multi-faceted aspects of female and indigenous identities since childhood and performing since the age of 14. As a teenager, she wrote and produced a series of experimental award-winning short films that combined music and poetry and were showcased at film festivals internationally.
A graduate of UCLA, Chavez continues to write, travel and perform, often collaborating with other artists; most recently composing twospoken word videos for designer B. Yellowtail, and serving as artistic director on one. She currently resides in the Pacific Northwest and works as education manager for an environmentally responsible, wellness-oriented beauty company. You can find more of her workhere,soundcloud, and YouTube.
Rose B. Simpson
A mixed media artist from Santa Clara Pueblo,Simpson’s work includes ceramic sculpture, metals, fashion, performance, music, installation, and custom cars. She earned an MFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design, her work is collected in museums across the continent, and her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally.
A new twist in life brought her a baby girl, and with it a new source of inspiration.
Say Wut?! The Beatbox Queen
Ashley Moyer aka “Saywut?!” hails from Albuquerque, and has been a fixture in the hip hop scene from coast to coast, performing for educational, environmental and humanitarian aid workshops. Utilizing non-traditional, alternative music outlets, Moyer is known for her unique beatboxing talents.
Her performances and workshops are directed toward community awareness, educational development, and alternative music outlets.
Born in Fort Defiance, Arizona and currently residing in Santa Fe, Lefthand is a writer, artist and thinker who has written and performed poetry from a young age, and has worked with words, collage, textile, and photography. Lefthand’s work investigates themes of death, rebirth, sustainability and commodification.
Her creative output is influenced by the realities of extreme change that can be seen within the land, people, and communities of her home and globally.
A mother, singer, composer, producer, teacher and activist, Kreisberg (Tuscarora from North Carolina) comes from four generations of Seven Singing Sisters and has been a part of the critically acclaimed trioUlali since the age of 17.
Known for her fierce vocals and soaring range, she frequently guest lectures and conducts vocal workshops at universities, schools, Native communities and festivals throughout the US and Canada. Kriesberg served as a Master Teaching Artist for the State of Connecticut Commission on the Arts for four years, and has done background vocals for various groups and productions.
Winder is a writer, educator and motivational speaker from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. Winder earned a BA in English from Stanford and an MFA in creative writing from the University of New Mexico. She is a co-founder ofAs/Us: A Space for Women of the World, and founder ofDream Warriors, an indigenous artist management company.
Winder lectures, teaches creative writing workshops, and speaks internationally. She writes about the different expressions of love: self love, intimate love, social love, community love and universal love.
ORGANIZERS of Dear Patriarchy
Smith is a Todich’ii’nii (Bitterwater Clan) woman from St. Michaels, Arizona; an artist, organizer, activist, water protector and board member for Honor the Earth. Her organizing efforts span over a decade and include art activism, resource extraction awareness on the Dine Nation, water rights, food sovereignty, permaculture, indigenous empowerment and more. She makes efforts to think and behave in a way that is consistent with the teachings of ancestors and laws of nature. Smith is a board member for Honor the Earth and Dine Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, and the curator for a national traveling exhibition, “The Art of Indigenous Resistance.”
The founder and producer ofBroken Boxes Podcast, also known as DJ Miss Ginger, Dunnill works in audio composition, sound installation and performance-based art. She collaborates with artists globally, creating and performing work that inspires human connection and speaks on social justice. Her podcast features monthly interviews with indigenous and/or activist artists. Dunnill is a part ofWinter Count: a collective of artist who are cultivating awareness, respect, honor and protection of land and water through various mediums.
Meow Wolf is an immersive arts production company that creates multimedia experiences to transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of storytelling. Located in Santa Fe, the space is a combination of a jungle gym, haunted house, children’s museum and immersive art exhibit. Proceeds from ticket sales will support Indigenous-led environmentalist projects throughout the Southwest. Purchase them at meowolf.com.