Cultural Expressions

The many faces of Indigenous cultures across the world


Drama and Live-action heroines for 2024? Lily Gladstone spoke her Blackfeet language as she accepted her Golden Globe best actress for Killers of the Flower Moon. She is a likely Oscar winner. See also Washington Post podcasts: interviews with Devery Jacobs + Amber Midthunder.

The composer Raven Chacon (Diné) was awarded the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for music, for his “Voiceless Mass.” For a sample and interview, listen to NPR. He became a MacArthur Fellow in 2023. To see why: .

A great source for film reviews is Native American Filmmakers, Movies and More (new window) . The documentary film “Scenes from a Glittering World,” featuring Diné youth, was featured on Independent Lens 5/16/2022, and is available through PBS.

For New England’s Indigenous communities, Thanksgiving has long been recognized as self-congratulatory myth, an understanding becoming increasingly mainstream. Indigenous History of Maryland was featured at Olney Theater (check for recording) Oct 9, 2021 together with a month-long run of Larissa FastHorse’s (Sicangu Lakota) famed satirical The Thanksgiving Play.

The Thanksgiving Play

Important Issues of Cultural Appropriation are raised

This Mexican Village’s Embroidery Designs Are Admired (and Appropriated) Globally Elisabeth Malkin of the New York Times (November 2019)

The People Making It Are Indigenous, but Indigenous Is Not a Genre Siobhan Burke of the New York Times (January 2019)


The following lists are intended to introduce visitors to the wide array of different forms of cultural expression within Indigenous communities. Suggestions for expansion are welcomed!

Free Music – McNeir Hall, North Building

March 22, 2019 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

GU hosted the La Marvela All-Women DC-based band that highlights the richness of Colombian Afro and Indigenous Rhythms March 22.

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Banner image: Chholing Taha, “Birth of the Universe,” 2016. Reproduced courtesy of the artist.