On Remembering

In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, the Newcomb Art Museum will host a conversation between indigenous artist Monique Verdin, member of Louisiana’s United Nation Houma Council, and Rachel Breunlin, Co-founder and Director of the Neighborhood Story Project, which will be filmed in an historic location. Anchored from work in NOT Supposed 2 BE Here and the Toni Morrison quote regarding water as memory, the two will discuss the planetary “power point” of the Mississippi River where it enters the Gulf of Mexico, as detailed in Verdin’s recent book “Return to Yakni Chitto: Houma Migrations.” Like water and good conversations, expect a meandering flow, actively recalling the past to fulfill the needs of the present while channeling the future and the horizontal point we must be prepared, eventually, to meet.