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Tuesday, September 10 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Panel: Native Artists in the Performing Arts

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Artists motivate us to explore thoughts and feelings that shape self-identity as well as our sense of belonging in any given community. How has the complexity and challenges of living in today’s world affected the life of contemporary performing artists with Native/Indigenous roots? How do they identify themselves and their creative inspiration; how do they balance honoring legacy while working in contemporary circles; what strategies have led to success and how do they define success – these and other questions will frame our conversation with the following Native/Indigenous artists from Australia and the United States - Ty Defoe (Oneida/Anishinaabe Nations), Amrita Hepi (Bundjulung/Ngapuhi), and David Williams (Wakka Wakka). Moderated by Christopher K. Morgan (Hawaii).


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Amrita Hepi

Amrita Hepi is an award winning first nations choreographer and dancer from Bundjulung (Aus) and Ngapuhi (NZ) territories. Her mission as an artist is to push the barriers of intersectionality and make work that garners multiple access points through allegories. An artist with a broad... Read More →
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Christopher K. Morgan

Christopher K. Morgan is Executive Artistic Director of Dance Place in Washington, D.C., where he curates 40 weekends of performances annually, oversees a school for youth and adults, and continues Dance Place’s role in creative placemaking. Morgan’s leadership is deeply connected... Read More →
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David Williams

David Williams is a descendant of the Wakka Wakka people. His skills as a didgeridoo player have taken him around Australia and internationally to Beijing, Shanghai, New Zealand and San Francisco. Through his didgeridoo performances and traditional style paintings, he aims to further... Read More →
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Ty Defoe

TY DEFOE (Giizhig) is from the Oneida and Ojibwe Nations. He is an interdisciplinary-hyphenated artist, writer, and shape-shifter. As a two-spirit person, Ty aspires to an integral approach to artistic projects, social justice, indigeneity, and environmentalism. Ty’s frequents his... Read More →


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