Indigenous resilience, culture and art will be celebrated with an expanded line-up of new partner organizations from across the southwest at the second annual Rezilience Indigenous Arts Experience - RezArtX - on April 29-30. This two-day festival, concert and marketplace -- and even a 5K and 10K run -- will take place at and around the National Hispanic Cultural Center located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Rezilience VOICE Concert
On April 29, doors will open at 6:30 pm at the Journal Theatre inside the center for a concert with a diverse roster of dynamic Indigenous performers offering both traditional and contemporary styles.
The big event, the VOICE Concert at Rezilience will be held from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm on Saturday April 29th. Dine’ artist Ehren Natay will open the concert with prayer, poem and song.
The featured performer is the Leela Gilday Band (Folk/Rock). Leela Gilday is Dene, a multiple award winning performer based out of Yellowknife, NWT, with four albums and an extensive touring history. A passionate performer with a gutsy voice and open stage presence, she brings a full band for a couple of gigs she will be performing in New Mexico.
Concert host and MC will be rapper Def-i, Christopher Mike-Bidtah from Shiprock, Def-i is having a very busy spring with touring and dropping his new album, 'Arrow Rhymanics.' Special guests will be the Delbert Anderson Trio, a modern jazz group that has performed with Def-i previously as “DDAT”, and will be the house band. Here is “DDAT” performing for NPR’s Tiny Desk Competition.
Further performances include hip hop trio Shining Soul from Phoenix, Arizona, dubbed Arizona’s ‘Public Enemy’ which includes MC Liaizon from Tohono O'odham Nation, MC Bronze Candidate and DJ Reflekshin. Lindy Vision is an Indie-electronic-new wave-synth pop act comprised of three sisters from Albuquerque. Critics have compared them to the incredibly popular K-Pop (Korean and Japanese pop music by young women.)
Others include acoustic rock artist Raye Zaragoza (Pima from Southern California), whose song about Standing Rock, In The River, created a social media buzz. Renata Yazzie (Piano/Songs in Navajo), an articulate young performer who plays and Indigenizes classical music and covers other Native composers.
Outside of the concert, an additional program of music, dance and performance is offered with folk/rock artists Jacoby Salazar and Tetrafy, traditional dancers the Zuni Olla Maidens, traditional song and storytelling by Lisa Muswagon and hip hop artists Isaiah Gutierrez and HELLnBACK.
The Exchange Marketplace and Other Activities and Offerings
With such offerings at Rezilience to include interactive art installations, workshops, film screenings, a fashion show, poetry and music, and a marketplace from 9am to 6pm, RezArtX executive director Warren Montoya says, “the Exchange Marketplace is a great opportunity for Indigenous artisans and businesses from our communities to connect with more diverse crowds.”
On Sunday, April 30th, a full day of family-friendly festivities kicks-off with the Wings of America 5K and 10K Rio Rez Runs at 8am.
Loren Aragon of ACONAV Fashions and Design will represent with a fashion show and NDNcraft.com is producing a new “TRADISH” fashion show with designers Marisa Mike, Leah Mata, Darylene Martin and Sharona Seymour.
SITE Santa Fe will highlight a zine project by Native American students from Santa Fe Indian School and artist Raven Chacon (Dine’). The Heard Museum based in Phoenix, Arizona will produce a drop-in printmaking workshop with master printmaker Jacob Meders (Mechoopda Maidu) and renowned textile artist Melissa Cody (Dine’).
MC’ed by Carlos Contreras, the Expresion venue will host a national poetry slam event with Albuquerque Poet Laureates Jessica Helen Lopez and Hakim Bellamy, as well as some dynamic student poets. Heard Museum Director of Community Engagement Marcus Monenerkit (Comanche) said, “We are thrilled to support this festival for the second year in a row. As an arts community, we need to collaborate and hold space to garner more awareness about who Indigenous people are today.”
Harwood Art Center and lead artist Jodie Herrera will invite attendees to contribute to an art collaboration rooted in examining what is currently missing in our community/ies. Titled Missing Persons?, these works will become an installation at Rezilience and be featured in the annual social justice exhibition at Harwood Art Center in September.
Rezilience Day, April 30 will have multiple events with sections titled:
Voice - Music and Stage Performances
Movement - Wellness Activities
Design - Live Art; Inspire - Gallery
Insight - Panels and Demonstrations
Vision - Film Showcase
Create - Hands On Activities
Expression - Poetry
Style - Fashion Show
Innovate - Technology Forums
Sustenance - Food
Exchange - Marketplace
Partner organizations and sponsors to RezArtX and Rezilience include:
The Institute of American Indian Art
Turquoise Skies’ The Pueblo of Santa Ana Department of Natural Resources
Tamaya Enterprises, Inc.
Tewa Women United
New Mexico Community Capita
Continuous Pathways Foundation
Artists and Vendors confirmed for the Exchange Marketplace
Can't Fail Designs
Rudy Smith, Acoma Pueblo/Diné
Troy Goldtooth, Dine’
Michelle Lowden, Acoma Pueblo
Josephine Seymour, Laguna Pueblo
LaKota Scott, Diné
Lyle Yazzie, Dine’
ACONAV, Loren Aragon, Acoma Pueblo
Kandis Quam, Zuni Pueblo
Elroy Natachu Jr, Zuni Pueblo
Christopher Edaakie, Zuni Pueblo
Adam Parker, Dine’
Spirit Earth Holistics
Dayna Elijah, Oneida Nation
Love Adorned by Lori Tazbah
Lori Tapahonso, Diné/Acoma Pueblo
The physical address of the National Hispanic Cultural Center located in Albuquerque, New Mexico is 1701 4th SW, Albuquerque, NM.