The BU Arts Initiative is proud to sponsor Indigenous Voices in the Americas – an interdisciplinary program series highlighting the artistic voices of Indigenous People from both North and South America beginning in the Spring 2021 semester and running through the 2021/2022 academic year.

Boston University currently sits on the unceded ancestral land of the Massachusett People.

Upcoming Events

Check back regularly for upcoming events in the series.

Spring 2022 events


Please noteVisitors to campus are required to follow BU mask-wearing requirements, as well as Boston safety protocols and regulations, including proof of vaccination. Please review these policies carefully, which will be strictly enforced.


January 18 through March 1BU Art Galleries (Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery 855 Commonwealth Avenue)
Life Altering: Selections from a Kansas City Collection. Featuring work by Jeffrey Gibson (Chocktaw/Cherokee) and Wendy Red Star (Apsáalooke/Crow) along with nearly a dozen other contemporary artistsCreated over the past 12 years, the works in this exhibit explore a rich array of meaning relevant to our present time. Free and open to the public.


February through April, 2022 – George Sherman Union 2nd floor landing
MASHQ & Winter Dreams
 by Elizabeth James-Perry – enrolled with the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head – Aquinnah in Massachusetts. She practices traditional and contemporary art forms that include sculptural wampum adornment and woven quillwork, Native textiles and watercolor illustrations. Presented by the BU Arts Initiative


Feb. 11-13, and April 22-24, 1 pm – Women & Masks virtual research conference
The Women & Masks conference explores the myriad intersections of the subjects, masks and women via talks, workshops, papers, panels, and performances. Featuring Skeena Reece (Metis/Cree and Tsimshian/Gitksan descent), Débora and Ana Correa (Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani), and Anne Lambright (Chickasaw). 

February 27, 2022 – 12:30 pm to 5 pm – Bus trip to DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
to see Jeffrey Gibson’s (Mississippi Choctaw/Cherokee) Because Once You Enter My House, It Becomes Our House and Infinite Indigenous Queer Love. $5 BU Students only. Registration open in January 2022



March 23, 2022 – Monika Ille (Abenaki First Nation of Odanak) – Storytelling Sovereignty. Event Details TBD.
Monika is the CEO of APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) in Winnipeg, Canada, the first Indegenous owned network in the world.





March 31, 2022 – JoAnn Chase (Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Indian Nation) COM ’85. Co-presented with BU Sustainability and the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground.
Indigenous Perspectives on Sustainability and the Arts. 6 pm.
JoAnn is the Director of the American Indian Environmental Office, Office of International and Tribal Affairs




March 31 to April 7, 2022Dakota Mace (Diné) in residency at the School of Visual Arts, co-sponsored with the BU Arts Initiative. Event Details TBD.
Dakota Mace is a Diné (Navajo) photographer and textile artist who focuses on translating the language of Diné weaving history and beliefs through alternative photography techniques, weaving, beadwork, and papermaking.


April 19 – 6 to 7 pm Indigenous American Culinary Arts Celebration with Krisia Villon (MET 2020).
Presented by the Gastronomy & Food Studies Program. Open to BU community only. Limited space, RSVP required. Villon is a Peruvian-American chef and food historian.





Past Events


September 18, 1 pm – BU Global Music Festival on Alpert Mall (BU Beach)
Eastern Medicine Singers
is an Algonquin Drum Group from Woonsocket/Providence, RI dedicated to keeping the eastern woodlands American Indian culture alive. The drum is made up of RI, NY, NJ & Southeastern Massachusetts Tribes.


October 29-31, 1 pm – Women & Masks virtual research conference
The Women & Masks conference explores the myriad intersections of the subjects, masks and women via talks, workshops, papers, panels, and performances. Featuring Skeena Reece (Metis/Cree and Tsimshian/Gitksan descent), Débora and Ana Correa (Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani), and Anne Lambright (Chickasaw). The conference also runs Oct. 29-31, Feb. 11-13, and April 22-24.


October 8 through 24Caution: Cultural Emergency
Caution: Cultural Emergency – Public art installation by Erin Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota). Co-sponsored by the American & New England Studies Program. More information soon.




October 21, 6 pm – Art & Indigeneity: A Conversation with Erin Genia and Elizabeth James-Perry, Moderated by Professor Lynne Allen.
Join Elizabeth and Erin as they discuss their work at BU this Fall, Caution: Cultural Emergency and Bear Map & Wampumpeak Belt. They will also discuss their larger body of work and experiences as Indigenous artists. Free and open to the public with registration.


November 16, 12 pm – 1:30 pm (EST) – Curating the Arctic: Northern Museums and Decolonization (virtual).
Museums in and of the North are leading the way in creative conversations about how museums and collections can generate new narratives with old objects. Just us for a round table discussion with Arctic museum curators and scholars speaking about museums of engines of Indigenous cultural renewal, community knowledge, decolonial efforts, creative innovation and more.

December 3, 4 & 5Patterns of Wind at the Booth Theatre – 820 Commonwealth Ave.

The BU School of Theatre presents a Booth Production world-premiere. A convergence of stories of lineage, legacy, and land. Developed and facilitated by SOT resident guest artist Ty Defoe (Ojibwe + Oneida Nations) in collaboration with guest artist Katherine Freer. Interweaving Indigenous oral storytelling traditions and contemporary multimedia performance, Patterns of Wind is a process of creation and exploration. Drawing from personal narrative and blood memory, the ensemble will devise an experience that uplifts the interconnectedness of all living things.


Thursday, January 28 | 12:00 pm EST; 10:00 am MST; 5:00 pm GMT
Ataramik (Always): A Conversation with Reneltta Arluk
Reneltta Arluk (Inuvialuit, Dene, Cree), Director of Indigenous Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Director, Akpik Theatre
Part of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies Arctic Environmental Humanities Workshop Series


Tuesday, February 9 | 3:30 pm EST; 5:30pm CLST; 8:30pm GMT
Mapuche in Spanish / Chilean in Mapuzugun: Signs of a Mixed Poetic with Huilliche-Chilean poet Jaime Luis Huenún. Introduction by Sergio Mansilla Torres, Chilean poet, scholar, and professor of philosophy and humanities at Universidad Austral de Chile
Presented by the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies Center for Latin American Studies. Co-sponsored by the BU Arts Initiative.