An inauguration and opening reception for The Wayfinding Project featuring performances and remarks from project initiator Jack Tchen, artist Beatrice Glow, dancer and teacher Kaina Quenga (Na ‘Ōiwi NYC), and others.
The Wayfinding Project, an installation and lab, aims to promote curiosity, research, and decolonize New York’s history. Inspired by the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the Lenape peoples, the project questions the representation of Indigenous cultures in relation to aesthetics of colonial history. Its goals are to explore and document Lenape knowledge of Mannahatta, the pre-seventeenth century New York brimming with a diverse and dense geo-culture of land and waters, and to raise awareness about the Hōkūle‘a, a Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe that will arrive in New York City on June 5, 2016 as part of a worldwide voyage. Learn more and plan your visit.