Living Archive of Urban Indians - Indigenous PlaceKnowing Project

Tribe: Urban Indigenous Peoples of Albuquerque

Tribal Contact: n/a

Project Type: PlaceKnowing project with pop-up theatre and projection bombing

Location: Downtown Albuquerque

UNM Contact:Michaela Shirley

UNM Faculty:Ted Jojola


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Project Summary:

A Living Archive of Urban Indians utilizes mapping, public art, and urban exploration to present the historic legacy of downtown architectural landmarks for and about Urban Indians in Albuquerque. Albuquerque has served as a home-base for generations of native people who have accessed centralized governmental, social services, and businesses specific to them. Public rhetoric routinely focuses on the “Indian problem” – including chronic conditions such as homelessness, alcohol and substance abuse, poverty, and illiteracy – rather than recognizing the contributions of Indigenous populations to the urban community’s culture and economy. With A Living Archive of Urban Indians, the Indigenous Design and Planning Institute (iD+Pi) and the Downtown Albuquerque Arts & Cultural District (the District) will showcase the rich history of Urban Indians. Archival data will be used to develop multimedia living history experiences featuring actors and projections for the 5 identified historic sites. iD+Pi and District staff will develop and implement schedules for these performances, culminating in a series of public performances at the sites.