THE NEIGHBORHOOD: LAKEVIEW
Anchored by a beautiful stretch of shoreline to the east and dotted with train stops from two ‘L’ lines, Lakeview is one of Chicago’s liveliest and most accessible neighborhoods. Several distinct areas — East Lakeview, Central Lakeview, Boystown and Wrigleyville — meld together to form a lakefront community that celebrates diversity and boasts something for every visitor.
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American Blues Theater
YOU’RE ON INDIGENOUS LAND.
The offices and performance spaces of American Blues Theater are located in Chicago, the traditional homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Potawatomi Nations. City of Chicago was founded by the son of an enslaved African woman who was regarded as the first non-Indigenous settler. His name was Jean Baptiste Point du Sable.
Many other nations including the Myaamia, Wea, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Thakiwaki, Meskwaki, Kiikaapoi, and Mascouten peoples also call this region home. This land has long been a center for Indigenous people to gather, trade, and maintain kinship ties.
Today, Chicago is home to one of the largest urban American Indian communities in the United States, and the country’s oldest urban-based Native membership community center, the American Indian Center Chicago (AIC).
American Blues Theater makes this acknowledgement as part of our commitment to dismantling the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism.
To learn more about the map, visit https://native-land.ca/
DIGITAL LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
To create art in a new digital format, we use equipment and high-speed internet not available in many Indigenous communities. This technology, which has now become central to our daily lives, leaves a significant footprint and contributes to changing climates that disproportionately affect Indigenous people. As we make use of this digital format, it is imperative that we recognize the Indigenous Land, regardless of our geographical location. It is land once occupied and inhabited by hundreds of Native tribes and stolen from these Indigenous people by European settlers. The genocide and forced removal of Indigenous people from these lands is a history that must be acknowledged, and the current struggles of Indigenous people must be brought to the forefront, so that their plight is never forgotten.
This digital land acknowledgement is inspired by the work of producer & artist Adrianne Wong. Learn more here.
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