Saturday, Feb. 18

Indigenous GatheringSAT 12pm-1pm

This year FAI proudly welcomes the largest number of indigenous artists to the conference to date, representing tribes and peoples from around the world including South and Central America, Norway, Australia, the US, Canada, and the high Arctic. Cultural protocol dictates that a Welcome to Land ceremony be held to honor indigenous delegates visiting Kansas City, the traditional land of the Kansa, Osage, Shawnee, Cherokee, Cheyenne, and Comanche tribes. The ceremony is open to all who wish to observe.

First Folk - Indigenous Artists in Music

SAT 2:30pm-3:45pm

First Nations people have a vital and critical place in our music ecosystem and community at large. Explore the role of the artist and the place of music in indigenous society. Discuss the challenges faced by Indigenous artists and presenters and issues of prejudice in the industry. Gain an awareness of cultural protocols and learn best practices for engaging Indigenous artists and audiences.
Panelists: Amado Espinoza (Artist), Garrett Lebeau (Artist), Maura Garcia (Artist), Leanne Goose (Artist), Shoshona Kish (Artist),

Photo courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian

The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian has selected four individual artists [Maura Garcia (Cherokee/Mattamuskeet), Porfirio Gutierrez (Zapotec), Linley Logan (Onondowaga) and Theresa Secord (Penobscot Nation)] and two museums to participate in the museum's Artist Leadership Program (ALP) for 2016: Maura Garcia (Cherokee/Mattamuskeet), from Kansas, whose artistic medium is dance and multimedia performance, plans to incorporate elements from the museum's collections and work with the youth of the Kansas City Indian Center to create an urban Indigenous public performance...READ MORE