Chaga Nolosan (Walking in Beauty): A Call to Indigenous Artists

Artist Call: Chaga Nolosan

Sat 7/24 @ 11:59 pm EDT

“With beauty before me, I walk. With beauty behind me, I walk. With beauty above me, I walk. With beauty below me, I walk.”

— Navajo prayer

Part of a series of art shows that explore justice through beauty, Chaga NolosanWalking in Beauty* is an Indigenous-centered, multi-media art show that highlights and amplifies the voices and contributions of our Indigenous sisters and brothers. The “Spirit of the Age” is the “Oneness of Humanity”— “that which is confirmed is the oneness of the world of humanity. Every soul who serveth this oneness will undoubtedly be assisted and confirmed.” **

To reach this next stage of maturity—the realization of our inherent oneness—those voices that have been historically silenced must now be supported and amplified to offer their unique contribution to our human family. It is in this spirit that the Art Committee of Green Acre announces Chaga Nolosan – Walking in Beauty, a show created and curated by those Indigenous to the Americas.

One of the exhibits, Flowers of One Garden, which honors ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, will be a collection of beaded flowers sewn onto an ‘abá, a “Coat of Unity”. This project is open to all and is one way that non-indigenous friends can participate in and support the show.

The art show will open August 28th and will be displayed on our website, in our physical art gallery located on Green Acre’s campus in Eliot, Maine, and potentially as installations on our grounds as well.

Important Information

All forms of art are welcome and encouraged – both traditional and contemporary. From music, basket making, and painting, to dance, storytelling, fashion, photography, sculpture, woodcarving, etc. There is no entry fee. Because this show is accepting contributions only from those who are Indigenous to the Americas, we welcome you to share this artist call with your friends of Indigenous backgrounds.

The Spirit Behind Submissions

  1. Pieces may explore the concept and imagery of Walking in Beauty
  2. Pieces may represent unique cultural offerings and traditions the world needs to understand
  3. Pieces may express traditions or messages that reflect humanity’s essential oneness
  4. Pieces may reflect ways of knowing and being that are unique contributions of Indigenous peoples and cultures

Important Dates

  1. Submit art for review by July 24
  2. The curating team will review submissions and respond to artists by July 31
  3. Final electronic file or physical piece(s) to be received at Green Acre by August 8
  4. The show will open August 28

Guidelines for Submitting Art

  1. Can submit up to three (3) pieces
  2. Piece(s) must represent your understanding of the theme of the show
  3. Piece(s) must be original work
  4. Piece(s) can be of any media

* The term “Chaga Nolosan” is how an Abenaki speaker might convey the idea of “Walking in Beauty”. It expresses a completely different perspective of the world and our relationship to it than some of us are used to hearing and communicating in English. A literal translation would be “Lagosa al8miwi Wligw8gan”. As Green Acre sits on the land of the Abenaki, it is only right that the title of this Indegenous-centered show should first be expressed in Abenaki.

Anne Jennison, traditional Abenaki story-teller, pronounces “Chaga Nolosan” and “Lagosa al8miwi Wligw8gan”, a conceptual and literal translation of “Walking in Beauty”

** Selection from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: 77


Green Acre is a Bahá’í Center of Learning that has been engaged in facilitating conversations that matter since the late 1800s, when souls from various countries, ethnicities and religions began to gather to explore the important topics of the day, together. We continue to draw people from varied backgrounds together to share, learn and grow. We’re located on the banks of the Piscataqua river in Eliot, Maine—the land of the Abenaki, the People of the Dawn.

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