Ancestors Know Who We Are
Ancestors Know Who We Are ignites a conversation on the experiences of Black-Indigenous women through art. Joelle Joyner’s and Paige Pettibon’s paintings honor ancestors who continue to inspire and guide. Moira Pernambuco’s photographs are a counter-narrative to negative portrayals of Black boys and men. Monica Rickert-Bolter’s digital artwork is a reflection on the relationship between hair and cultural identity. Storme Webber’s prints and spoken-word performance pay tribute to her multiracial family and childhood. Basketry by Rodslen Brown (1960–2020), a Freedman descendant and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, embraces her activism and both her heritages.
Ancestors Know Who We Are continues a conversation launched more than a decade ago in the groundbreaking book and traveling exhibition IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas. Through artistic expression and reflection, Ancestors Know Who We Are explores contemporary realities in the interwoven histories of Black and Indigenous peoples.