Major Native American artists announced for STTLMNT

Oct 13, 2020

Featuring up to 30 artists Indigenous to North America and the Pacific, Settlement is designed as a creative response and claiming of digital space to consider the impacts of colonisation on a diverse number of tribal nations who continue to thrive despite its long term effects.

On 13 October 2020 ‘STTLMNT’ digital occupation will premiere worldwide.

Originally scheduled as a month-long artist encampment in Central Park, Plymouth, UK, as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations, due to the Covid-19 pandemic Settlement has now been reimagined as a vibrant digital creative space.

The platform intends to go beyond conversations of Decolonisation and actively practice Indigenisation as a radically immersive onsite experience that showcases contemporary culture as a response to long-term effects of colonisation including the impact of the Mayflower’s wake on communities across North America and the previously untold side of the Mayflower’s history.


Image courtesy of Artist: Eric-Paul Riege. Project Title: |-|— |-| aHome4Her; [for/four]

The programme features:

  • Up to 30 contemporary Native American artists
  • Featuring multiple artists recognised by the Smithsonian Institution and leading biennales
  • A Native American led digital platform conceived by Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, and European descendant Cannupa Hanska Luger and Plymouth-based collective The Conscious Sisters CIC
  • Art, performance, installation, film, poetry, dance, immersive theatre and music content representing the diversity of creative talent within the Native American community
  • Part of Mayflower 400, a year-long four-nation programme to commemorate the 400 year anniversary and explore the impact of one of history’s most famous voyages.

As a platform, Settlement is a space for the artists complete control to explore the effects of the colonisation of North America from a Native American perspective and is the first platform of its kind to hand over creative expression. The multi-disciplinary arts programme, accessed digitally, will see artists investigate and interpret their lives as the survivors of colonialism and encourage a greater understanding of the contemporary Native American experience.

Settlement will feature Razelle Benally documenting 4 Regions of Turtle Island creating a series of mini docs featuring over a dozen of the participants, to be released each week through the winter. Razelle Benally, “STTLMNT” film series Director from Red Brigade Films, says: “The STTLMNT video series is not only a response to the current state of the world, but illuminates the proactive nature and resilience of the artists, bringing back a sense of unity in a time where social engagement is limited.”

This trailer represents artists from STTLMNT Region 1:

Film credit: Directed/Produced by STTLMNT Artist Razelle Benally with Cinematographer/Assistant Adam Conte. Music by Cannupa Hanksa Luger & Ginger Dunnill with narration by Cannupa Hanska Luger

Leading the programme, artist Cannupa Hanska Luger aims to enable digital communities and those involved with the Mayflower 400 programme to gain a deeper understanding of the complex living Indigenous cultures that have survived settler colonisation and facilitate public dialogues about Settlement’s ethos as the work is produced.

Settlement is supported by Arts Council England through National Lottery Project Grants and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport through the Cultural Development Fund.

Concept Artist, Cannupa Hanska Luger, said: “Settlement is designed as a claiming of digital space to consider the impacts of colonisation on a diverse number of tribal nations who continue to thrive despite its long term effects. The project creates space and time to address questions and traumas through contemporary artworks and engagement while also presenting a radical and complex living example of Indigenous resilience and intersection through film and digital engagement. The Settlement project goes beyond conversations of Decolonisation and historical trauma by presenting vibrant and evolving contemporary art and culture, whilst actively practicing Indigenisation.”

Fiona & Karen Evans, The Conscious Sisters CIC, added: “Settlement provides a unique opportunity for Native American artists to showcase their work and explore colonisation from their perspective, in their words. It has been wonderful to see this project unfold during Mayflower 400 and learn about the exceptional contemporary Native American art that is flourishing across The States and Canada. This digital occupation and winter programme of events will act as a bridge between our communities and transform our understanding of North American indigenous culture forever.”

Programme highlights include:

Art & Sculpture

  • Jeremy Dennis, an artist and photographer from the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, presents a series of images as a creative imagination of what an artist might present to local non-indigenous residents if given free control of the Shinnecock Monument.
  • Multidisciplinary artist and Bush Gallery founder Tania Willard presents a new body of land based art, questioning what it means to claim, sharing stories with water and wind.
  • Sonya Kelliher-Combs uses synthetic, organic, traditional and modern materials to move beyond oppositions between Western/Native culture and presents the new textile work Interwoven: Arctic, premiering a behind the scenes look at the making process.
  • Muralist and Fine Art Painter Yatika Starr Fields is creating a series of site specific murals across North America depicting Effigy pots which will confront non-Indigenous viewers to evaluate their place on the land they are on and to hold dialogue and thought in a new way to understand the past, an Indigenous past, the mural process is documented and shared on the site.

Film & Digital Art

  • Award-winning filmmaker Sterlin Harjo will premiere his latest documentary, Love and Fury.
  • Razelle Benally, an alumni of the 2012 Sundance Film Institute Native Filmmakers Lab, will present a behind the scenes look at her artist mini doc series in a new Directors Cut film
  • Artists Jade Begay & Stina Hamlin present Blood Memory, an ethnographic storytelling project that uses virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to explore how people interpret the experience that humans hold ancient as well as recent memories in our veins and bodies.

Music & Performance

  • Cherokee artist and composer Elisa Lorraine Harkins will perform Wampum / ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᎦᎫᏗ, a Cherokee, English and Muscogee Creek song set to electronic dance music
  • Award-winning choreographer and Guggenheim Fellow Emily Johnson will present site-specific action and discussion piece Architecture of the Overflow
  • White Mountain Apache artist and musician Laura Ortman, previously featured in the Whitney Biennial, is creating a new album for STTLMNT, releasing new songs through the winter available on the site

Open opportunities for artist submission – *Each/Other

  • Submissions are open for individuals to contribute to a monumental artwork to be exhibited at Denver Art Museum. #eachotheratdam

Embroider a message onto a bandana which artists Cannupa Hanska Luger and Marie Watt will incorporate into a forthcoming large scale sculpture for the Each/Other exhibition at Denver Art Museum, May 23- August 22, 2021.



Image by Cannupa Hanska Luger and Marie Watt

Embroidered bandanas needed by 1 December, 2020.


  • 1. Acquire a bandana or a piece of repurposed fabric roughly the size of a bandana
  • 2. Fold bandana/fabric corner to corner to create a triangle
  • 3. Embroider/stitch text, imagery or any other visual sentiment onto a corner portion of the fabric
  • 4. Ship to the artists at this address:

Camp Colton ℅ Each/Other
30088 S Camp Colton Dr
Colton, OR 97017

Settlement is supported by Arts Council England through National Lottery Project Grants and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport through the Cultural Development Fund and through the American organisation, A Blade of Grass.

Banner image: Cannupa Hanska Luger with Ginger Dunnill. Project: Here Song. Image Credit: Ginger Dunnill

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