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sʔabalikʷ Indigenous Youth Teachings - Native History with Nataanii Nez Cottier

  • Alma Mater Tacoma, 2nd Floor 1322 Fawcett Avenue Tacoma, WA, 98402 United States (map)

Free and open to Indigenous community members.

sʔabalikʷ Indigenous Youth Teachings is a workshop series designed by youth for youth. Native young people between the ages of 13-24 are invited to participate in free learning circles led by guest artists on topics like: history, Two Spirit identity, beading, music making, mental health, trauma healing, activism, printmaking, and more! The title of the series - sʔabalikʷ - means "give away" in Lushootseed. Inspired by the Potlatch tradition of Coastal Salish tribes, the objectives of the group are to gather, give and receive knowledge.

Workshop 1: Native American History and Two-Spirit Teachings
Teacher: Nataanii Nez Cottier (Oglala and Sicangu Lakota)

Nataanii will lead a discussion about Native American history and Two Spirit identity. Participants will engage in an art activity using collage and found objects to reflect on the knowledge shared. This event is intended for Indigenous youth ages 13-24. All tribal affiliations and experience levels warmly welcomed. Snacks and supplies provided.

About Nataanii:
I am a Two Spirit multimedia artist. I take inspiration from my cultural identity as a mixed Lakota and Swedish two-spirit person, and my experiences in my life – growing up in a small town as a third culture kid, my trauma, and my search for community and acceptance of my being. I grew up surrounded by art and come from a family full of creatively minded women. Making art is one of the ways I have learned to heal my own personal trauma as well as the intergenerational trauma that I carry.

Earlier Event: November 10
Family Day: Celebrate Indigenous Artists!