Art and Identity: Ancestors Know Who We Are

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian presents an artist panel with five contemporary women artists about expressing their Black-Indigenous identity through art, Saturday, December 3, at 2 p.m. in the museum’s Rasmuson Theater.

Amber Starks, aka Melanin Mvskoke (Black/Muscogee Creek), will moderate a conversation between Joelle Joyner (African American and Kauwets’a:ka [Meherrin] descent), Moira Pernambuco (African and Amerindian [Wapishana]), Paige Pettibon (Black, Salish, and white descent), Monica Rickert-Bolter (Prairie Band Potawatomi, Black, and German), and Storme Webber (Alaskan Sugpiaq [Alutiiq] and Black descent). Introductions by exhibition curator Anya Montiel (Mexican and Tohono O’odham descent).

The in-person event is free and first come, first served. The conversation will also be livestreamed.

These artists are featured in the museum’s digital exhibition Ancestors Know Who We Are that addresses issues of race, gender, multiracial identity, and intergenerational knowledge.

Visit for more information about the museum and its exhibitions.

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