New event celebrates artists and their works while promising less competition and more Indigenous resilience.
REZILIENCE design by Diné artist JayCee Beyale.
What: Rezilience Indigenous Arts Experience
When: April 30
Where: National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW, Albuquerque, N.M.
For more information, visit www.rezartx.com.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A new art event is set to join a culture-packed weekend here.
The Rezilience Indigenous Arts Experience is a day-long event featuring music, film, poetry, wellness, visual arts and all manner of creative expression from Indigenous artists across the continent. The National Hispanic Cultural Center will host Rezilience, which takes place during a weekend in which tens of thousands of visitors descend on Albuquerque for the Gathering of Nations powwow and other events.
Differentiating itself from other art shows, Rezilience is non-competitive and seeks to incorporate Indigenous values of community over individual profit, says the group’s executive director, Warren Montoya (Santa Ana Pueblo/Santa Clara Pueblo).
“You see a lot of other organizations created by non-Indigenous people—for Indigenous people. And these are based on Western systems of economy, where you make goods, sell goods and profit for personal gain,” says Montoya, himself a successful artist and owner/founder of Rezonate Art. “That’s not a bad thing, but that economic model isn’t based on Indigenous value systems.”
Montoya says one of the biggest aspects of Rezilience is the control Indigenous people will have over their own narratives. “We get to represent ourselves in a way that is true to us, in this present day,” he says, adding that he’s already exploring ways the event might expand next year.
Artists from across the country have jumped on board to support Rezilience, including artist and filmmaker Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw), writer and poet Tanaya Winder (Southern Ute/Pyramid Lake Paiute/Navajo) and musicians Naát’áaníí Means (Oglala Lakota/Omaha/Navajo) and Frank Waln (Sicangu Lakota), among many others.
“People have this way of thinking about arts events, like, ‘Oh, that’s cute, they’re painting,’ or whatever. But we’re bringing in professionals, people who have created livelihoods and careers and are known internationally for their skills,” Montoya says. “That value each person who’s a part of this is bringing will help create what we hope will be beautiful interactions of depth and creativity and knowledge-sharing.”