“The Wayfinding Project” Turns New York Back to Its Pre-Colonial History

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“The Wayfinding Project,” an evolving installation that questions the representation of indigenous cultures in New York City’s pre-colonial history and its future, will be showcased at NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute from March 25 through December 21, 2016.“The Wayfinding Project” launches with an inaugural ceremony on Thurs., March 24, 6-8 p.m. 8 Washington Mews (below 8th Street, between University Place and Fifth Avenue). The evening will include performances and remarks from Indigenous artists and scholars, project director Jack Tchen, a professor at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, and interdisciplinary artist Beatrice Glow.The installation aims to promote curiosity, research, and “decolonize” New York’s history by exploring and documenting the deep knowledge of the Lenape, the original people of “Mannahatta” who cultivated the vital ecosystem of the region along what is now Broadway, and the equally complex Polynesian understanding of the “sea of islands” of the Pacific.  Read more: “The Wayfinding Project” Turns New York Back to Its Pre-Colonial History— Asian/Pacific/American Institute Installation

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