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Marshall McKay: Foundation supports Native art and culture





Marshall McKay, the chairman of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation in California, urges support for the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation:
As the son of renowned healer and basket weaver Mabel McKay, I understand and respect artistic vision and practice.

Through our artforms, Native people have described our agonies, mobilized for our struggles, talked of our cosmologies and world-views, transmitted our histories and celebrated our joys and our hopes. Our arts and cultural expressions are the key to the very survival of American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and in fact, all cultures.

For me, the significance of keeping our stories, art, language and culture alive is personal, because it is central to our own survival as a people. It reflects the promise we have made to generations of storytellers and culture keepers – the promise that we will carry the knowledge of our traditions on into perpetuity – to preserve the core of who we are as Native people.

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Marshall McKay: The Cultural Survival of Native Nations (Native News Online 1/2)