Cooper Union Hosts Indigenous Peoples’ Day program “We Will Always Be Here”

Ty Defoe

One fun way to honor and celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day is to check out this free performance at Cooper Union on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. The evening features Grammy Award–winning composer, 2021 Helen Merrill award-winning playwright, actor, choreographer, eagle dancer, and hoop dancer Ty Defoe (Giizhig). Defoe is from the Oneida and Ojibwe Nations, and interweaves artistic projects with social justice, indigeneity, trans rights, Indigi-Queering, and environmentalism.

He will be joined by several other artists, all members of Tribal Nations, for the evening which features music, dance, and film in an effort to celebrate unity for Native Peoples. Other performers include world music artist Dawn Avery, vocalist, actress, percussionist, and choreographer Joan Henry, actor Jake Hart, Eagle Project theater company founder Opalanietet and actor Tanis Parenteau.

The event takes place at the Great Hall of The Cooper Union (7 E. 7th St.) at 7:00pm. Registration is required here. Proof of vaccination and masks are required.