The first Longest Walk, in 1978, was a 3,000-mile march across the United States to bring attention to the rights of Native people in the United States and to protest 11 anti-Indian bills introduced in Congress that threatened treaty rights. Emphasizing the walk as a peaceful spiritual protest, thousands of Native activists, allies, and community members gathered together to support the movement. After a ceremony on Alcatraz Island, the group began their walk with thousands of people taking part. By July 15, an estimated 2,000 people walked into Washington, D.C. They stayed in the capital for the following week to ensure that their voices were heard and to conduct workshops to educate others about Native people, bringing together members of different Native nations to share knowledge and experience.
A visualization of the word Piscataway “confluence of waters” is two waters falls pouring into the same body. At the base of this body of water is Turkey Tayac’s hands holding a tobacco bundle.
Washington DC has been and continues to be a central location for Indigenous Activism. Turkey Tayac and the Piscataway have played a large role in this movement and process. They have seen, been a part of many phases and trends of issues surrounding indigenous rights. The Piscataway have worked with many members from other tribes that have come to DC to speak out, find unity through action and effect policies. Some of these people have become close to the Piscataway and have created strong alliances in effort to cultivate change.
Internationally acclaimed, Santa Fe-based artist activator Joerael Numina (b. 1980, San Angelo, Texas), has been dedicated to creating art that promotes meaningful social change. For Joerael, art is about bringing awareness. His artistic advancements have a science and technological bend such as embedding his large-scale murals with QR codes allowing the viewer to dive deeper into the compelling content of the piece beyond the visual experience. An activator, yogi, muralist, tattoo artist and frequent lecturer, Joerael was the first artist in residence at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) and participates in its Broken Symmetry Society, which engages with artists, writers, poets, musicians, and other creative thinkers in talks, panels and onsite art exhibitions in partnership with SFI’s scientists.
A visionary disruptor and art entrepreneur, Joerael creates art that matters in all its forms from mixed media drawings and paintings to large-scale mural projects. The founder of a project called Mobilize Walls, launched in the days following in the 2018 election, Joerael network of fast-growing murals is now 40,000 feet long and acts as a petition of scale. Indeed, his project is the polar opposite of Trump’s proposed wall; it’s decentralized, transformative, inclusive, healing—bridging versus building borders between communities. “All the work I’m trying to do is about transformation, unity and inclusiveness.”