Decolonizing Tongues, Weaving Futures: Indigenous/Arab Solidarity, Creativity and Linguistic Self-Determination

4:30-6 p.m. ET Saturday, April 13, 2024
Decolonizing Tongues, Weaving Futures: Indigenous/Arab Solidarity, Creativity and Linguistic Self-Determination

In-person at AANM
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Historically linked, Native and Arab peoples in the greater Michigan region continue to face issues of racial, cultural, economic, linguistic, educational and legal discrimination. In the face of persistent and increased white supremacy, militarism and ongoing colonization, Native and Arab communities have fought for self-determination, sovereignty and human/civil rights. What can be learned from the shared coalition building, sovereignty and human/civil rights struggles around land, language, self-determination and liberation?

Gathering together Indigenous and Arab artists, activists/organizers and educators to engage these questions and the work of Doris Bittar and her collaborators, the Arab American National Museum (AANM) will convene a set of community engagement events that center and acknowledge historical links between these communities and illustrate pathways forward together for the future. These will include a Blessing, Opening and Land Acknowledgement by a regional Native elder who is an Indigenous language speaker on the night of the exhibition opening; and a panel of Arab/Indigenous artists, activists/organizers, and educators.

For questions, e-mail Fatima Al-Rasool at [email protected]


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  • April 13, 2024 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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The Annex

The Annex @ AANM, a symbol of the Museum’s growing engagement with the community, opened in 2015. This space can accommodate large community groups, gatherings, events, performances and art displays.

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