Settlement is a radical Indigenous-led performative encampment in which Indigenous artists from across North America and into the Pacific will occupy Plymouth’s Central Park in the United Kingdom for four weeks from July 6-August 7, 2020 during the quadricentennial commemoration of the Mayflower voyage. Settlement is a conceptually-driven event, collaboratively conceived and produced by Native American artist Cannupa Hanska Luger and Plymouth-based collective theconscioussisters.
A settlement is an official agreement intended to resolve a dispute or conflict. It is also a previously “uninhabited” place where people establish a community. These two terms come together to inform a project that questions the appropriateness of both. Situated within a massive cultural festival remembering the historic voyage of the Mayflower, Settlement reasserts the presence and perspectives of Indigenous people. Through performance, social engagement, site-specific actions and ephemeral interactive installations, Settlement artists will investigate and interpret their lives as the survivors of settler colonialism. The project goes beyond conversations around decolonization and actively practices Indigenization. Settlement in turn aims to support settler ancestors in moving towards a more relational understanding and acknowledgement of contemporary Indigeneity.
Settlement is an Indigenous-led project in the Mayflower 400, a year-long multi-national cultural program which commemorates the 1620 voyage of the pilgrims to the ‘New World.’ Settlement is designed as a creative response to the colonization of ALL of North America and into the Pacific, reclaiming public space to consider the impacts of colonization on a diverse number of tribal nations who are thriving despite its long term effects. Settlement will create space and time to address questions and traumas through contemporary artworks while also presenting a radical and complex living example of Indigenous resilience and intersection.
Artist Cannupa Hanska Luger has invited over 25 artists from various North American tribal nations and into the Pacific region to occupy Central Park in Plymouth, UK. Each of the invited artists is developing work that explores colonialism and its effects on Indigenous people beyond first contact, working with Luger and other Settlement artists over the course of a year to develop and produce their ideas. Invited for one-week intervals throughout the project’s month-long run, the artists will overlap with Luger and several others so as to live and work together on-site in a large-scale installation of public art. In addition to the Central Park encampment at Pounds House, each artist will produce a performance, workshop or lecture for a satellite venue elsewhere in Plymouth, UK. A four-week long public engagement program will promote and present this series of workshops, performances and talks. Within the larger year-long, multi-national Mayflower 400 quadricentennial commemoration, Settlement is a radical Indigenous-led arts festival, a model for practicing indigenization, and a groundbreaking way to link communities across the globe.
WHO IS INVOLVED:
Over 25 artists will populate and activate the Mayflower 400 event over one month through Settlement. The artists are all Indigenous from across North America and into the Pacific, with practices ranging from installation, performance, sound, VR, video, poetry, dance, social engagement and immersive theater. All artists will live on-site for one week and work together to produce new artworks to assert the presence and perspectives of Indigenous people beyond the notion of first contact, and explore the cascading effects of Colonization and the resilience of many diverse Indigenous peoples. This work will take place both in and around Pounds House in Central Park along with satellite venues throughout Plymouth.
Dakota Alcantara-Camacho (Matao from Låguas yan Gåni)
Razelle Benally (Oglala Lakota)
Raven Chacon (Diné)
Dayna Danger (Metis Federation of Manitoba)
Jeremy Dennis (Shinnecock Indian Nation / Hassanamisco-Nipmuc)
Demian Dinéyazhi ́ (Diné)
Yatika Starr Fields (Osage, Muscogee Creek, Cherokee)
Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit, Unangax)
Haley Greenfeather English (Red Lake and Turtle Mountain Chippewa)
Raven Halfmoon (Caddo Nation of Oklahoma)
Sterlin Brown Harjo Jr (Seminole/Muscogee Creek)
Elisa Lorraine Harkins (Muscogee Creek and Cherokee)
Emily Johnson (Yup'ik)
Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Iñupiaq, Athabascan)
Ian Kuali’i (Kanaka Maoli/Native Hawaiian, Apache)
Dylan McLaughlin (Diné)
Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache)
Katherine Paul (Swinomish / Iñupiat)
Eric-Paul Riege (Diné)
Christine Howard Sandoval (Obispeño Chumash)
Rory Erler Wakemup (Boise Fort Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe)
Marie Watt (Cattauragus Territory Seneca Nation of Indians, Turtle Clan)
Kathy Elkwoman Whitman (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara)
Tania Willard (Secwépemc)
SANTIAGO X (Koasati (Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana) / Chamoru (Indigenous of Guam U.S.A.))
Artist Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota) generates Settlement’s guiding concepts; curates, designs, and builds the site in collaboration with Plymouth makers; lives on-site in Central Park for one month; supporting invited Indigenous artists and the production of their work.
UK Producer: Fiona Evans, theconscioussisters, The Box, Plymouth City Council
USA Producer: Ginger Dunnill, AHA Festival of Progressive Arts, Broken Boxes Podcast