Forge Project, a new initiative to support Indigenous leaders in culture, education, food security, and land justice, is pleased to announce its upcoming fall programs, full details on each of which are below. Forge is based in Upstate New York on unceded, traditional, and ancestral lands of the Muh-he-con-ne-ok. The Forge House, designed by artist and activist Ai Weiwei, will host several of the events, while others will be presented digitally.
Forge Project launched in August, 2021. Its programs include a $25,000 fellowship program for Indigenous leaders in a wide variety of fields, a teaching farm developed in partnership with Sky High Farm, provides community support, and hosts a growing lending art collection featuring works from leading Indigenous and Hudson Valley-based contemporary artists.
As part of its mission to support Indigenous leaders, amplify their work, and educate the public, Forge will present a wide range of events this fall. These include a virtual talk with linguist Chris Harvey and in-person conversation with Forge Fellow Brock Schreiber on the revitalization of the Mohican language, an exploration of the history of Indigenous use of medicinal herbs with author Misty Cook, and a Veteran’s Day discussion of Indigenous veterans’ contributions to US military history, from the Revolution on.
All in-person programs will also be live streamed on Youtube and Instagram Live.
Past public programming at Forge featured a panel with Forge Fellow Chris T. Cornelius on Indigenous architecture and design and a discussion with Forge Fellow Jasmine Neosh on how our relationship to the environment became so destructive.
Forge Project was founded by Becky Gochman with co-founder Zach Feuer, and is led by Executive Director Candice Hopkins (Carcross / Tagish First Nation) and Director of Education Heather Bruegl (Oneida / Stockbridge-Munsee).
Fall Programming at Forge Project
October 16, 2021 – Bringing Language Home, 5:00pm ET, Forge House
Throughout history, Indigenous language was stripped from the people who spoke it and from the land that is lived upon. Through hard work and perseverance, many have reclaimed Indigenous language and are bringing it back to life. Through in-person and virtual language classes, the Mã’eekuneeweexthowãakun (Mohican) language is slowly being spoken again.
Learn from Mohican language learner and teacher Brock Schreiber about the new awakening of the Mohican language and what that Stockbridge-Munsee Community has done to bring this language back to the people and the land.
November 4, 2021 – Native American Medicines we use during the Winter Months, 6:00pm ET, Zoom
This virtual event will introduce attendees to the history of Indigenous medicines and the people who helped preserve them. Cook will also talk about the medicines used during the winter months for colds and the flu. Misty will touch upon #6 (Wild Bergamot), Mullien, and Sumac. Those who join this event will learn how to properly identify the medicines and the correct ways of harvesting each medicine and disposal.
November 11, 2021 – The Warriors: A History of Native Americans and Military Service, 6:00pm ET, Forge House
Native Americans serve in the military at a higher rate than any other group in the United States. They have served proudly, but are often forgotten. In this Veteran’s Day History lecture, we learn about those who helped the United States gain its freedom from Great Britain, and how Native Americans were instrumental in other wars that the US has fought.
For more information on the fall programming and Forge Project, visit forgeproject.com