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Who's Afraid of Black Indians | Help us bring this poet to the Eiteljorg

by Sally Dickson, Eiteljorg grants manager | Feb 02, 2015
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If both sides of the family are Irish it's easy to embrace and delve into a singular cultural identity, but what if one side is African American and the other side is Native American? Few of us come from only one cultural background, but sometimes we fail to connect with a part of what we are. The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will join with Brick Street Poetry to bring poet Shonda Buchanan to the Eiteljorg for a reading and book signing of Who's Afraid of Black Indians?  

Shonda Buchanan - 1 This talented, passionate professor from Hampton University in Virginia comes from an African American/Native American family whose journey moves through Indiana. Shonda will share her story through poetry; encouraging us to explore and embrace each branch of our family tree. She will inspire all of us to cherish every root that feeds our many branches.

Shonda's program will take place Jul 29 at the Eiteljorg's newly shaded Christel DeHaan Family Terrace on the scenic Indianapolis Canal Walk.  A fun way you can help make this project possible is through the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Power2Give “crowd-sourcing” tool which has a special focus this month on new gifts from new donors. 

The Arts Council of Indianapolis, Amos Brown, and Radio One, have sweetened the deal with challenges and incentives based on gifts of $15, $250, and $1,000. We're excited to share that we were awarded the first matching gift of $15 because we received the first donation of $15. Now, we're trying to earn the $250 gift, which is awarded to the project with the most donors each week. So, the more gifts we receive the more matching gifts we might qualify for. If you would like to help Brick Street Poetry fund the Shonda Buchanan project at the Eiteljorg, then follow this link to our project listing where you can easily and frequently make gifts:


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