If you’ve been to a public event lately, you might have heard speakers begin by acknowledging the indigenous nation upon whose land they are standing. It’s been common practice in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand for years, but acknowledging indigenous lands at public events is still somewhat new for the United States.
The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture recently commissioned several Native artists to design posters as part of the #HonorNativeLand project, to encourage businesses, organizations, and individuals to learn about and respect the history of the indigenous nations where they are located. The artists are Bunky Echo-Hawk (Pawnee/Yakama), Marlena Myles (Spirit Lake Dakota/Mohegan/Muscogee), Keith BraveHeart (Oglala Lakota), and Bryan D. Parker (Muscogee/Choctaw/White Mountain Apache).
The posters are free to download, and they are AWESOME. Each poster has a space to fill in the name of the indigenous nation where it will be hung.
Spirit Lake Dakota/Mohegan/Muscogee artist Marlena Myles wrote in a Facebook post,
These posters will help you answer that question, and they will help spread awareness of the many indigenous nations that were and are on the land that is now the United States of America.
In an interview with HelloGiggles, Myles said,
“Knowing the indigenous tribes of one’s area is one small step towards reconciliation between indigenous people and non-indigenous populations,” she continued. “There’s so much going on in the world that people may not find this issue important, but one small change can lead to a thousand positive changes over time.”