New York City: Algonquin at the Core


A lecture by Nadema Agard

New York City: Algonquin at the Core is a Multimedia Presentation by Native American artist/scholar Nadema Agard, (Powhatan/Cherokee/Lakota) whose own Algonquin nation ancestry (Powhatan) enables her to provide a better perspective of the original Lenape ancestors of New York City and the greater Metropolitan area not to exclude the extended Algonquian speaking family from Eastern Canada to the Great Lakes Woodlands, from the Northeast to the Mid Atlantic – as far south as Virginia, the home of the Powhatan and as far west as Oklahoma where they were removed and relocated and wherever else they migrated on this great continent. Using among other visual references, her own art work aptly entitled NYC: Algonquin at the Core, she discusses the cosmological, cultural/spiritual iconography and symbolism of the Wampum, the Turtle, the three sister plants: Corn, Beans, Squash, and the fourth sacred plant, Tobacco. She concludes with a contemporary image that references the history of pre and post contact Algonquin New Yorkers and how they laid the groundwork later adopted by the Dutch newcomers.

The event is being held at the Leroy Neiman Art Center, which is located at:

2785 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
New York, NY 10039

After the event is an available online survey.