Indigenous People's Day - KIWE-UAQUE

Queen's Museum, 63-11 Queens Blvd, Woodside, NY

Indigenous People’s Day at the Queens Museum. October 14th Indigenous Peoples' Day is a holiday that celebrates the Indigenous peoples of America. It is celebrated across the United States, and is an official city and state holiday in various localities around the country. In South America is called “Día de La Raza” and it is a national holiday on October 12th. Programming from 1:30 to 5pm Educational and Artistic Presentations A journey throughout First People’s Cultures and history. Educational activities and installations from the Matinnecok, Tuscarora, Occaneechi Saponi and Mohegan Tribes. Featuring: Chief Reggie Ceaser, Tecumseh Ceaser, Patrick Littlewolf Brooks, Emilie Jeffires and Mohiks Wopsokuk Yoht. Premiere de KIWE/UAQUE KIWE-UAQUE, Nasa and Muisca Colombian aboriginal words, means "territory" and "friendship" respectively. UAQUE also means trade, neighborhood and conversation. Is the result of an artistic laboratory created by New York based choreographer Cristina Cortés with a guest choreographer Donna Ahmadi, inspired by the cosmic concept of the circle that Indigenous peoples of Americas have kept for millennia, this work honors those who have preserved traditions and keep us attached to this creative exchange in modern times. The piece was Inspired by the Indigenous worldview of life being a circle rather than linear and illustrates the Native concept of inclusivity of all peoples, cohabitation with each other with Indigenous methods to solve conflicts and reconciliation meeting the challenges of our current environmental struggles. An ancestral holistic approach that recognizes the interconnectedness of body, mind, emotions and spirit as a unit has been an indigenous tradition applied to education and to all aspects of life, which in modern times has been associated with the influence of East in West, the deep meaning of circle and spiral and of number four, a cultural and metaphysical belief that natural events occur in fours. The circle and the quadrant of 4 is a constant in all Aboriginal Tribes in all of the Americas: We see it in North America with the Medicine Wheel, in South America with the Chakana in cultures of Inca/Kechwa descent and the Kultrun on the ancient Mapuche Culture. It symbolizes and resembles the cycles in the natural world: the shape of the earth, the sun and the moon, the circling of the wind, the circling of the birds when they make their nests, and so on. Likewise, the metaphysical 4 corresponds to the four elements, earth, air, wind and fire; the 4 seasons, 4 directions, 4 human races, 4 chambers of the heart, 4 moon phases, 4 quadrants of the body, 4 sections of the brain. Four puffs are taken when the ceremonial tube is smoked, water is poured four times onto the hot rocks of the ceremonial sessions of the Sweat Lodge or sacred ceremonies in South America. The choreography will happen over and around an art installation made from vinyl decal shapes in the floor based on sacred indigenous symbology and elaborated by Otis Cook. The sound design by Tonica Studio is a combination of live opera singing: Jei Osorio in 4 indigenous languages ( Nasayuwe, Kechwa, Mapudungun and Cherokee) with traditional and contemporary music. Dancers: Michelle Quiba, Olga Dobrowolska, Patrick Littlewolf Brooks, Dale Ratcliff and Mohiks Eagle Fire.

The premiere of KIWE-UAQUE will be in New York in the atrium of the Queens Museum on 14th of October 2018, during the national celebration of Indigenous People’s Day.