We acknowledge that the land we stand on is the sacred ancestral and unceded territory of the Serrano, Chemehuevi, Mohave, and Cahuilla Peoples, who have stewarded this land for thousands of years, to the present day. As artists with conscience and our own ancestral histories, we honor the continued contributions of these indigenous peoples, in preserving and caring for the earth and all its relations, without whose skills, beliefs, and interconnected efforts we would not exist.
We recognize that a Land Acknowledgement is only one step in the necessary and on-going commitment of decolonization, whereby the land and its peoples become freed from the violent shackles of white supremacy, to express and practice their traditional ways as original stewards of this land. Towards decolonization, we each commit - as artists and culture-makers - to empower ourselves with openness and self-education of the Serrano, Chemehuevi, Mohave, and Cahuilla Peoples as dignified acts of decolonization, and in honor of these indigenous Peoples who make it possible for us to create here.
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