[The words “Art Is” appear, followed by scrolling words…Empathy, Political, Hope, Powerful, Connection…it stops at Identity. Art Is Identity.]
Lori Pourier, president of First Peoples Fund: In my community artists are those who are standing up for the rights to protect their land, to reclaim their songs, their ceremonies, their dances.
[Tribal members sing together while dressed in their regalia.]
My name is Lori, I’m Oglala Lakota. And I work for First People’s Fund. Much of my work is spent educating about artists of tribal communities.
[A Cherokee Nation woman displays her woven baskets made from river cane. A Hawaiian man weaves a frog out of ancient laulala materials.]
In order for us to truly embrace history and our identity, we have to acknowledge that American Indians hold the original title to this land. There’s over 567 nations. Less than .02 percent of all philanthropy goes to Indian Country.
[A group of young people of Tlingit ancestry dance. A native woman sings and strikes a drum in a solo performance.]
Artists are the changemakers in our communities nationally and so artists restore history and our identity.
[The words “Art is” appear, followed by scrolling words…Identity, Expression, Change, Creativity, Healing…it stops at Justice. Hashtag Art Is Justice. Agree? Share this video.]
[Ford Foundation logo: a globe made up of a series of small, varied circles.]