June 15, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jess Cherofsky // 617.441.5400 x 15 // firstname.lastname@example.org
From South Africa to Southern Massachusetts, Bazaar Features Art from Across the World
Boston, MA (June 2018) - On July 21-22, Cultural Survival, a Cambridge-based nonprofit organization, will hold its 18th annual Indigenous arts Bazaar in Newburyport, MA. National and international artists from more than 40 Indigenous cultures will come together to share their crafts with the Massachusetts public. Among the arts will be painstakingly rendered Zulu pottery and Wampanoag crafts from as far afield as South Africa and as close to home as southern Massachusetts.
Among the artists attending is master potter Jabulile Nala, who is bringing Zulu pottery made by her family and students. Through a pottery process used for thousands of years, Zulu artists collect clay and stack it into a pot, decorate it, fire it in an aloe leaf pit, and polish it. Nala combines old techniques with new designs to create beautiful pieces for collecting water, cooking, and in ancestral ceremonies. Nala also teaches pottery-making to others, helping them to continue the traditional practice and support local livelihoods.
Aquinnah Wampanoag artist Elizabeth James-Perry will also be featured at the Bazaar. The wampum beads she uses hold deep cultural significance among the peoples of the Northeastern coast of the United States, including the Wampanoag, Narragansett, Pequot, and other Indigenous Nations. Wampum, carved from mussel, clam, and oyster shells, has historically been used in trade and ceremony. James-Perry uses it to create original jewelry that sustains traditional art forms.
Since 1975, Cultural Survival Bazaars have provided a market for thousands of Indigenous artists and cooperatives spanning six continents and over 60 countries. This year, the Bazaars will feature Indigenous artists from the United States, Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, Uganda, Tibet, Nepal, Madagascar, Paraguay, and more. Each year the Bazaars generate over half a million dollars for Indigenous artists, performers, and projects. Cultural Survival, an international NGO based in Cambridge, MA, advocates for Indigenous Peoples’ rights and supports Indigenous communities’ self-determination, cultures, and political resilience.
High resolution photos available upon request.
July 21 + 22
Market Square + Inn St.
Newburyport, MA 01950
Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Open rain or shine
Accessibility: Inn St. and Market Square are public spaces in the City of Newburyport. The surface is brick. There is a ramp entrance to Market Square at the crosswalk near 36 Merrimac St. and at the crosswalk from Starbucks at 23 Market Square across State St.
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