Collection Title: American Indian Community House collection
Title: Native America
Alternate Title: Spiderwoman Theater
Alternate Title: Native America (cable network show)
Alternate Title: Sun, moon and feather, Spiderwoman Theater
Date: 1997 Oct. 13
Location: Recorded at The American Indian Community House, New York City, on Oct. 13, 1997.
Work Type: Performance., Native cable network show., Theater., Native performance., American Indian women's theater.
American Indian Community House, producer ; Spiderwoman Theater, creator ; Alex Anderson, videographer, editor.
Spiderwoman Theater.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:25:53
Language: English
Synopsis: For several years the American Indian Community House (AICH) produced a cable network show titled 'Native America.' Performances in the Circle at AICH were videotaped, edited, and aired on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network in half hour segments. This episode features, Spiderwoman Theater's 'Sun, Moon, and Feather.' Blending fantasy and reality, humor and seriousness, it is based on the sisters Rappahannock names and weaves together the stories each remembers about their experience growing up as Indians in Brooklyn. Spiderwoman Theater is the longest continuous running Native female performance group. Comprised of three Kuna/ Rappahannock sisters from Brooklyn, New York, Lisa Mayo, Gloria Miguel, and Muriel Miguel, the group has travel all over the world giving performance, lectures, and workshops. Named after the weaver in the Hopi creation story the sisters 'storyweave' their message in a variety of formats including poetry, dance, theater, and song.The American Indian Community House (AICH) is an urban Indian center that services the needs of the Native people living in New York City and welcomes Native visitors to the city. AICH was founded in 1969 and has become a de facto 'neighborhood' serving as a meeting place for the diverse Native community of the New York City area. The Community House offers a variety of services ranging from substance abuse and HIV counseling, to career assistance. It is also home to the only Indian owned and operated art gallery in New York City. The AICH's Performing Arts Department has become an important resource for Native visual and performance artists. Through its programming, performance has become an important educational vehicle, both for the Native and non-Native NY community. The Badger's Corner, initiated in the 1980's, is an education-via-entertainment vehicle for the AICH's visual and performing arts department programs.Taking its name from the Pueblo legend of the four-legged creature who led the Pueblo people out of the underworld after the great flood, the intent of its programming is to inform and challenge people to rethink their concept(s) of Native American people and customs. All performances at AICH are presented under the auspices of the Badger's Corner.
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