Monday, October 3, 2016

Peeks into being African and NDN!

Historical marker for the site they were sold at.

Slave auction sign in the state of Kentucky

The term "sold down the river" originated with the Louisville slave markets. The rivers being the Ohio and Mississippi. Since Kentucky had many small farms and those crops not requiring lots of slaves they were being sold and exported to the Deep South. Combine that with the repeal of The Nonimportation Act in 1849, the buying and selling slaves became big business in the state beginning in the '50's. - Deborah Downey 9.25.16

I bristle reading historical references re-written naming Black folks in centuries past: African Americans. A major reason is the title means those people were considered American citizens. They were not. It also flies into the face of how resistant Black Americans have been to being called African, and the how deep Black Americans resent African ancestry. - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
Image: Kay Walking Stick (Cherokee, b. 1935), "Me and My Neon Box," 1971. Acrylic on canvas, 54 x 60 in. Collection of the artist. Photo by Lee Stalsworth, Fine Art through Photography, LLC.

Inspired by the amazing creations of Kay Walking Stick currently on display at our museum on the National Mall? The museum has collaborated with ArtJamz to offer two 1-hour painting sessions (material fees apply) to help channel your inner artist at our "IndigeArts CREATE: A Kay WalkingStick Soiree," this Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Experience this unique after-hours event to celebrate ...the final weeks of the critically-acclaimed exhibition, "Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist," with music spun by DJ Young Native, curator-led gallery tours, and on-hand Navajo and Nez Perce artists sharing knowledge of Native designs that inspired some of Walking Stick's works.

Colored persons classified ....

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