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The Sweetest Season : A Gathering of Indigenous Creativity

July 26 – July 27, 2024

Now in its third year, The Sweetest Season: A Gathering of Indigenous Creativity returns to the Goodman, in partnership with The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian.

On July 26th and 27th, join us for a Native artist showcase, and a full day of workshops, panels, performances and more, featuring Native scholars, artists, designers and vendors.


A Celebration of Indigenous Spoken Word and Song

Photo: The Sweetest Season 2022

In the Owen Theatre

Friday, July 26 at 7:00pm

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Since time immemorial, Chicago has been a meeting place for Native peoples. With words of wisdom, stories, and histories old and new, we expand traditions of performance with an evening of music, dance, and spoken word, featuring local Indigenous artists in a program curated by Vincent Romero (Laguna Pueblo).

Tickets are $15 – $20

 

Workshops & Panels

The Sweetest Season Social Hour: An Indigenous-Only Curated Space 

Friday, July 26 at 5:30pm
Lab 1

An event hosted by the Mitchell Museum and curated by the Indigenous community for fellowship, food and conversation.

Tickets are FREE; reservations are required.

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Goldenrod and Aster: Visual Dialogue Through Fashion

Saturday, July 27 at 11:30am
Lab 1

Come meet some of the area’s most talented Indigenous fashion designers and see their designs up close. Their work will be on display throughout the day and will include a panel discussion for a chance to learn more about their process and inspirations.

Tickets are FREE; reservations are required.

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Swirling Water: Shifting Native Curatorial Practices

Saturday, July 27 at 1:00pm
Lab 1

Join us for a panel hosted by The Center for Native Futures, about how art and institutions can move beyond “decolonizing” and make meaningful impacts and connections. Learn more about Center for Native Futures here.

Tickets are FREE; reservations are required.

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Pottery Workshop with Jennifer Stevens

Saturday, July 27 at 2:30pm
Lab 2

In this workshop, artist Jennifer Stevens will introduce us to a historical overview of Oneida Pottery. We’ll learn the hand-building-coil method, pinch pot, incising and stamping techniques to create designs on our pots. We’ll learn about the history of Native Americans and experience, hands-on, how many tribes created their pottery that was used for survival for 100’s of years for cooking and storing food. Photo credit: Neville Public Museum

Tickets are FREE; reservations are required.

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Native Youth Social Hour

Saturday, July 27 at 2:30pm
Lab 1

Join Bobby Wilson and Jud Gauthier of The 1491s for a discussion about their lives and careers, focused on youth and their questions.

Tickets are FREE; reservations are required.

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Sorrel and Sassafras: Indigenous Poetry

Saturday, July 27 at 4:00pm
Lab 1

Join us for an exciting event celebrating Indigenous poets as they share their writing with the audience.

Tickets are FREE; reservations are required.

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The Story of Pa I Sha
presented by the BBE

Saturday, July 27 at 7:00pm
Owen

As a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, BBE Artistic Director Brandi Berry Benson grew up looking at her great-great-great-great grandmother Pa I Sha’s portrait, a woman of immense strength who carried the Chickasaw reputation of “unconquered and unconquerable.” This musical work is inspired by Pa I Sha and highlights three major stories in Brandi’s Chickasaw heritage. Brandi (violin) is joined by Rachael Youngman (Choctaw narrator and vocalist), Leighann Daihl Ragusa (BBE Director, Native American flute, traverso), Vannia Phillips (viola), Erica Rubis (cello), and Michaela Marchi (indigenous percussion, Isleta Pueblo). Learn more about the BBE and The Story of Pa I Sha here.

Tickets are $10.

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Songbirds and Slugs: Comedy and Music

Saturday, July 27 at 9:00pm
Lab 1

Join us for a late night comedy show featuring members of the comedy group, The 1491s, followed by a jam session – come ready to play or listen to some great music. Photo credit: Hugo Hentoff

Tickets are FREE; reservations are required.

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About the Mitchell MUSEUM

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, located in Evanston, Illinois, is one of a handful of museums across the country that celebrates the diverse histories, cultures, and present-day contributions of Native communities across the United States and Canada. Since its founding in 1977, the Museum has served as a space to increase the visibility and elevate Native voices through education, awareness, and advocacy.

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