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Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Braiding Our Voices

Free Admission Generously Supported by Linda Cabot and Ed Anderson

Monday, October 9, 2023 11 am - 4 pm
Throughout the Museum

This Indigenous Peoples' Day, we celebrate and honor intersectionality and interconnectedness through art-making, storytelling, performance and conversation with local Indigenous artists from across the city we now know as Boston. The Gardner Museum is honored to collaborate with Mar Parrilla (Taíno Afroborikua) to amplify the voices of local Indigenous artists and activists.

Join us for art-making in the Studio, stories in the Living Room, and a powerful performance and discussion with Indigenous artists and activists in Calderwood Hall.

Land Acknowledgement in Jordan Garden | 11:30 am

Elizabeth Solomon (Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag) opens the day with a Land Acknowledgment.

Art-Making Bertucci Education Studio | 11:30 am-4 pm

Drop by the Education Studio for hands-on art-making. Explore the art of adornment and sculpt a pendant using air dry clay, molds and other decorative materials in an activity designed by Polly Thayer Starr Visiting Studio Artist Erin Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate). All materials will be provided.

Reading in the Living Room | 12 pm & 2 pm

Special guest artist Jannette Vanderhoop (Aquinnah Wampanoag) reads aloud from her children’s book, Cranberry Day: A Wampanoag Harvest Celebration, and shares the cultural significance of cranberries and the celebration of the cranberry harvest each year.

Performance & Talkback in Calderwood Hall | 3-4:30 pm

Join us for a powerful dance performance by Danza Orgánica followed by a discussion featuring participating BIPOC artists and collaborators. Luminary and award-winning choreographer Mar Parrilla (Taíno Afroborikua), founder of Danza Orgánica, joins community leaders and activists Rosalba Solis, Jannette Vanderhoop (Aquinnah Wampanoag) and Khury Petersen-Smith for a discussion moderated by Eroc Arroyo-Montano (Boricua) exploring intersectional Indigenous identities, complexities, and cultures.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the Gardner is part of the Fenway Alliance's Opening Our Doors festival, a celebration of the Fenway Cultural District. Learn more at

Photo by Matt Teuten

About The Artists

Free admission is generously supported by Linda Cabot And Ed Anderson. Free days are supported in part by the Wallace Minot Leonard Foundation and the Liberty Mutual Foundation.


Education and community programs receive support from the Vertex Foundation, Rowland Foundation, the Yawkey Foundation, The Beker Foundation, Liberty Mutual Foundation, The Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation, Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable Foundation, and Janet Burke Mann Foundation.


Studio activities are generously sponsored by the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust.


The Neighborhood Salon is supported in part by the Barr Foundation ArtsAmplified Initiative and the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust.


The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.