Cohen Gallery is located in the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at 154 Angell Street.
The Beads That Bought Manhattan:
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Hartman Deetz (Mashpee Wampanoag) and Michelle Cook (Dine')
Artist Hartman Deetz (Mashpee Wampanoag) and Indigenous human rights lawyer Michelle Cook (Dine') debut their project on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Deetz has produced a traditionally handcrafted wampum belt that documents UNDRIP, presented alongside a short film on the history of wampum by Michelle Cook and Teena Pugliese. Informative wall panels were designed by Olivia Cook (Dine').
The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Wampum Belt features the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. The belt contains purple wampum, organe conch shell, abalone, and a blue stone bead. The 45 purple beads, and one blue stone bead, represent the 46 articles of the UN Declaration. The UN Declaration Belt is a modern Nation to Nation agreement in part drafted by Indigenous peoples that underscores the rights of self-determination, free and prior informed consent, equal protection of human rights, and control of Indigenous peoples’ economic rights.
Presented by the Brown Arts Institute in collaboration with the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative.
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On view through October 24, 2021
M - F 8:30am - 10:00pm
Sat 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Sun 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Closed on Monday, October 11