AETN is proud to partner with the Museum of Native American History (MoNAH) and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for the 2018 Native American Cultural Symposium! Join us to celebrate the creative visions of contemporary Native America in Bentonville June 14-17.
Ahead of a free screening of “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” — coming to “Independent Lens” in 2019 — AETN is proud to share a short preview of upcoming PBS series “Native America.” The four-part series will debut in the fall of 2018 bringing to life an ancient and still thriving culture whose splendor and ingenuity is only beginning to be fully understood and appreciated.
At 8 p.m., “Rumble” tells the essential and — until now — missing chapter in the story of American music: the Indigenous influence. Beginning with the revolutionary and influential 1958 instrumental “Rumble” by American Indian rock guitarist and singer/songwriter Link Wray, the documentary explores how the Native American influence is an integral part of music history despite attempts to ban, censor and erase Indian culture in the United States. “Rumble” is also currently slated to air as part of the PBS documentary film series “Independent Lens” in January of 2019.
Of course, there’s much more to explore all weekend long! Created to provide space for conversations between the present and the past, the Native American Cultural Symposium honors heritage while finding creative ways to amplify contemporary Native American culture.
This year, with the theme “Reunification through Reinvention: The Creative Visions of Contemporary Native America,” the symposium is bringing together a broad range of Native culture leaders for four days of performances, presentations and workshops highlighting Native art, theatre, music, writing, cuisine and film. Featured guests include author, , attorney and indigenous rights advocate Walter Echo-Hawk, 17-year-old environmental activist and musician Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, storyteller Gayle Ross, and “The Voice” finalist Brooke Simpson, among many others. See the full schedule of events and learn more about the presenters at monah.us.org/nacs.
June 14, 2018
The Skyspace at Crystal Bridges of American Art
600 Museum Way, Bentonville
June 14-18, 2018
Museum of Native American History
202 SW O Street, Bentonville