July 2018

New York Pop Artist Redefines HIV Response Through Multidisciplinary Arts at AIDS 2018 Amsterdam


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Indigenous Tipi Project Brings NYC Stories to the Netherlands  

NEW YORK, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -  

What:    New York-based artist's Tipi Project will be showcased at International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS at the De Nieuwe Liefde Gallery on July 21-22, 2018. Amsterdam will welcome one of three tipis around the world including the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City and UN Nations New York.   The Tipi Project is the creation of PrEPahHontoz, the two-spirit performance and pop artist who is redefining the HIV response through multidisciplinary arts. Captivating audiences with her unique blend of Native American sign language, urban voguing, music, and tradition, PrEPahHontoz drives home HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in an innovative way that honors Indigenous traditions in a modern world.  "As Indigenous people, storytelling is an important part of our culture.  Art is a way to convey stories and ideas in a fun engaging way," said Sheldon Raymore/ PrEPahHontoz, Native American spokesperson for PrEP, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Awareness.  Tipi Details: •Size 9 foot x 9 foot  •The Tipi is cone-shaped tent and an Indigenous symbol of home and community. Each tipi's artwork is unique and tells the stories of the HIV/AIDS movement from the Native American community.    When:  •July 21–22, 2018, Daily 9:00AM-5:00PM  •Tipi Installation begins 9:00 AM and remains on display weekend-long.   Where:  •De Nieuwe Liefde, Da Costakade 102, 1053 WP, Amsterdam   Free Registration & IIPCHA Info: http://bit.ly/IIPCHA2018   Tipi Project Info: https://prepahhontoz.com/tipi-project  About the International Indigenous Pre-Conference of HIV and AIDS Co-Host:    The International Indigenous HIV & AIDS Community is an NGO and is an International Civil Society Partner of the Conference Coordinating Committee (CCC) of the International AIDS Conference. The NGO has helped to plan, coordinate and implement AIDS 2018 Amsterdam and will do the same for AIDS 2020 San Francisco. Their 10-Point Statement creates a plan of advocacy and action that brings forward the worldviews of Indigenous peoples around the world and aligns a global Indigenous-led response to end HIV and AIDS.  Sheldon Raymore / PrEPahHontoz is available for advance phone interviews and on location. Raymore is also a speaker on July 22, 9:30-10:30AM Stigma, Discrimination & Criminalization Panel.   MEDIA IMAGES + MEDIA FACT SHEET:  http://bit.ly/iipcha2018media  SOURCE Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN)

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July 2018

‘Two-Spirit’ Art in NYC by Sean Parrish

"The contemporary artists in attendance at the opening expressed the importance of cultural preservation and how it has inspired the creation of their art and designs.

Raymore, a second-generation tipi maker from the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, spoke in an interview with Voices of NY about his inspiration for the making of his art.

Of one work at the exhibit he said, “This piece is inspired by the PrEPahHontoz Tipi Project Winter: Waníyetu Wakáǧa Wipátȟapi, [which] in Lakota means ‘Produce Tipi Covers Winter.’ Each of the symbols represents a year in HIV/AIDS history and how it has affected Native Americans.”

April 2018

Sheldon Raymore, de la tribu Sioux, junto a su tipi de la campaña PrEPahHontoz, en uno de los eventos paralelos sobre VIH de la sesión del Foro Permanente sobre Asuntos Indígenas

Sheldon Raymore, de la tribu Sioux de Estados Unidos, montó un tipi (tienda cónica indígena) de su campaña PrEPahHontoz (que une la sigla PrEP, de profilaxis preexposición al VIH y el nombre indígena Pocahontas) en donde pintó “símbolos tradicionales que representan una historia una línea de tiempo de experiencias de personas indígenas con VIH desde mediados de los años 80”.

Naciones Unidas: Piden reunión de grupo de expertos sobre VIH y pueblos indígenas

El grupo internacional indígena de trabajo en VIH (IIWGHA) reiteró, en la 17 sesión del Foro Permanente de Naciones Unidas sobre Asuntos Indígenas, la urgencia de convocar a una reunión de expertos en 2019 para dar una respuesta global a la pandemia en pueblos originarios y así “no dejar a nadie atrás”.

April 2018

Congratulations to Hannabah Blue (Navajo), Savannah Gene (Navajo), Rick Haverkate (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians), Trudie Jackson (Navajo), Kerry Hawk Lessard (Shawnee), and Sheldon Raymore (Sioux) for being chosen for NMAC's new American Indian and Alaskan Native Constituent Advisory Panel (CAP) members. They will join members Elton Naswood (Navajo) and Joseph Cantil (AN).  Constituent Advisory Panels (CAPS) are a new 2018 initiative to better connect with key consitituents. Based on concerns raised at the 2017 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) and the Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit (Summit), NMAC has assembled five CAP's to ensure inclusivity and visibility of our key constituent groups.

Click link for more information: http://www.nmac.org/constituent-advisory-panels/native-american-cap/

March 2018

POZ March 2018 https://www.poz.com/magazine/poz-march-2018

to read full article click on link written by Rita Rubin

"To help raise awareness about PrEP and HIV among LGBT (also known as Two Spirit) Native Americans, 38-year-old performance artist Sheldon Raymore developed the character PrEPahHontoz.

Raymore is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and has lived in New York City for more than a decade.  He serves as the community outreach staffer at the American Indian Community House, a nonprofit serving the health, social service and cultural needs of Native Americans who live in the city.

"Many Two Spirit individuals from tribes across North America remain unaware of PrEP as an option for their HIV Prevention method arsenal, "says PrEPahHontoz on her website.  "She's been a wonderful ambassador, "Raymore says of PrEPahHontoz, who released her first single "Take the Pill," on iTunes last June.

In photographs and at public appearances, PrEPahHontoz wears a traditional costume embellished with red AIDS ribbons and wooden beads made to resemble blue Truvada capsules, courtesy of a crafty seller Raymore found on Etsy.

Raymore has been on PrEP for more than two years, and he has experienced firsthand the lack of awareness about PrEP among Native Americans.  Although he was born and raised off the reservation, in Fremont, California, he inherited the home his late father owned on their tribe's reservation in central South Dakota.

"Were still tied to the reservation," Raymore says of himself and his family.  "I make it back there every summer, especially during ceremonial times of the year."

On one recent trip to the reservation, Greyhound lost his luggage, which contained his Truvada.  He went to the tribal clinic, but it stocked Truvada only for treating HIV, not for prevention.  "I actually had to educate the doctor about PrEP," Raymore says."

Quote and photographs from POZ Magazine article by Rita Rubin

Performance artist Sheldon Raymore in character as PrEPahHontoz photo by Dennis Cahlo

February 2018

Photos by Matika Wilbur

Pictured here: Landa Lakes at the Bay Area American Indian Two Spirit Society Powwow in San Francisco, California

These Stunning Portraits Show What It’s Like To Be A Two-Spirit Native American Today

"I think that the more people who share their true spirit with others, the more healing will spread.”

Posted on February 14, 2018, at 5:31 p.m.

"Two-spirits are dealing with a lot of lateral oppression and violence and a lot of stigma.  I created PrEPahHontoz to combat those stigmas and to bring a Native voice to the larger HIV/AIDS movement.  Her message is HIV prevention and adhering to the medication, but really her purpose is to go out to communities and educate on topics that maybe people are too shy or too silent to say anything about." -Sheldon Raymore, Cheyenne River Sioux

Pictured Here: Sheldon Raymore 

Photos and quotes from BuzzFeed article by Kate Bubacz

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