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8/29/23: Sean Chandler reports back from “Yellowstone Revealed” 2023

“Earlier this month I was involved with an installation of my work “When We Used To Be” for @mountaintimearts Yellowstone Revealed in @yellowstonenps ….My work (b&w tipi frames/liners) addressed how my people lived whole/fluently within our Indigenous Lifeways vs. today in an altered/un-whole controlled existence that we continue build within/upon ancestral framework. There’s more to that explanation but that’s good enough for now…I created two new paintings for this—“When We Used To Be” and “When We Became No One”… It was a great week working alongside Ben Pease and his installation of the multi-colored tipis. Thanks to MTA-Francesca Rodriguez, Mary Ellen Strom, Ren Freeman, Ben Lloyd and all for this opportunity. Special thanks to the wicked crew for helping me (Mary Ellen, Joe, Dan, Anne, John, Stephen, Jim) couldn’t have accomplished this without you all!”

— Sean Chandler, Community Connector, NFN RMW

8/10/23: RMW Community Connector, Sean Chandler, creates with Yellowstone Revealed 2023

“Last year, Mountain Time Arts (MTA) in partnership with Yellowstone National Park initiated Yellowstone Revealed, an immersive cultural and art exhibition within Yellowstone National Park in celebration of regional tribal nations.

This year, Mountain Time Arts is pleased to present a multi-faceted evolution of the Teepee Village from artists Sean Chandler (Aaniiih) and Ben Pease (Apsáalooke / Tsétsêhéstâhes).

This interactive self-guided experience will combine art and storytelling, taking visitors on a thought-provoking narrative journey about our shared past, present and future of teepee lodges sited where the Gibbon River joins the Firehole River to form the Madison River. The two artists’ contemporary artworks are installed in relationship and visual proximity to the traditional teepees on view at Yellowstone’s Madison Junction. The contemporary art installations put forward Indigenous truths and perspectives…”

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7/14/23: Partner Q&A: Dorimar and Corey on Working with the National Folklife Network

No matter where you are, art is culture. It’s tied to place and holds the history of the people who live and create in those places. It can help us make sense of the experiences we share, and those we don’t. And every place has unique cultural roots and artistic traditions. Memphis is known for the blues, but our arts ecosystem is made up of so much more. Memphis is home to organizations like Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group, who are sharing Latin-American culture through the scenic arts in order to create a unifying bridge for our communities, and Memphis Youth Arts Initiative (MYAI), where young people are introduced to the traditions of HBCU marching bands and drumline as a core component of Black musical culture. We are blessed with a wealth of music, visual art, and creativity all around us, but it’s important to recognize that our cultural treasures require stewardship, cultivation, and resourcing to thrive into the future…

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