Summary: Amanda Old Crow as Gohmaaz provides comedic relief for GONA (Gathering of Native Americans) participants. GONA (Gathering of Native Americans) is a culturally specific guide for community healing and wellness. The four-day gathering provides a safe place the community to share, heal, and develop a plan of action for change and empowerment. The GONA offers hope, encouragement, and a positive basis for Native community action. Native communities are provided with a framework to examine historical trauma and its impact on substance abuse issues and a prevention framework based on values inherent in traditional Native cultures. The American Indian Community House (AICH) is an urban Indian center that services the needs of the Native people living in New York City and welcomes Native visitors to the city. AICH was founded in 1969 and has become a de facto neighborhood serving as a meeting place for the diverse Native community of the New York City area. The Community House offers a variety of services ranging from substance abuse and HIV counseling, to career assistance. It is also home to the only Indian owned and operated art gallery in New York City. The AICHs Performing Arts Department has become an important resource for Native visual and performance artists. Through its programming, performance has become an important educational vehicle, both for the Native and non-Native NY community. The Badger's Corner, initiated in the 1980s, is an education-via-entertainment vehicle for the AICHs visual and performing arts department programs. Taking its name from the Pueblo legend of the four-legged creature who led the Pueblo people out of the underworld after the great flood, the intent of its programming is to inform and challenge people to rethink their concept(s) of Native American people and customs. All performances at AICH are presented under the auspices of the Badgers Corner.
Credits: American Indian Community House, producer; Amanda Old Crow, creator.
Credits: Amanda Old Crow.