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Upcoming tipi Displays

National HIV Testing Day

June 27th, 2018 - American Indian Community House, New York, NY

2018 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA)

September 6-9, 2018 - Hyatt Regency, Orlando, Florida

World AIDS Day 2018

December 1st, 2018 - Location to be determined.

14th Circle of Harmony HIV/AIDS Wellness Conference

Spring 2019 - Comprehensive Approaches to Healthier Communities, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tipi project 2017 - 2018

#CultureAsPrevention

PrEPahHontoz Tipi (Height 9ft X Width 9ft)

With support from the American Indian Community House, Office of Minority Health Resource Center, Indian Health Service, Whitney Museum of Art, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Gofundme Donors, Individual Artists, and Volunteers we launched an effective native community level intervention.  


2018 Tipi Project Winter: Waníyetu Wakáǧa Wipátȟapi in lakota means "Produce Tipi Covers Winter."  Tipi's made in 2018 are a living "Winter Count" when they are erected.  We place a red AIDS ribbon over the Tipi door for this reason.


These tipis have "Winter Counts" created and placed upon them which tell stories of the HIV/AIDS movement from the Native American community of NYC and Nationally. PrEPahHontoz along with volunteers from the American Indian Community House produced pictorial images which were hand printed onto the tipis.  AICH members will eventually create silk-screens which can print onto any substrate.  Were using this project to highlight the importance to learning about safe behaviors, increase public discourse about HIV risk, and increase community based health promotion activities available to Native Americans and Allies.  This project provides a culturally competent approach at data collection and combats stigma by opening the dialogue around a history of events that affected the native community specifically around HIV/AIDS.  


So far they've been displayed at the National Headquarters of Indian Health Service in Rockville, Maryland.  The Whitney Museum of Art in New York City and the United Nations during the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues NYC.  On December 5th, 2017 we highlighted the PrEPahHontoz Tipi Project during NMAC's Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit in New Orleans, LA.


The Tipi is a symbol that represents home and community.  Each of these tipi's are unique and look different depending on how many volunteers we get for each one.  We've used collapsible Tipi Poles which are great for travel and exhibit set ups.  Each Tipi Cover requires a set of 9 poles with an additional 2 for the Tipi Smoke Flaps.


Native language revitalization has played a crucial role in this project.  Native languages can be powerful prevention tools because they speak to modern concepts.  Done the right way, new words can move us away from stigma, shame, lateral violence, and blaming language that are used to describe diseases such as the Lakota word for AIDS "Šikšil T’á" whičh in it’s current iteration means to "die of a venereal disease."  Which in no way speaks to the reality of HIV/AIDS being an autoimmune disease, or that not all with HIV will get AIDS, or even die from AIDS.  Proper information, trauma informed thought, and careful execution are paramount when speaking in english let alone our native languages.    


For questions please email sraymore@aich.org for more information.


PrEPahHontoz Tipi Project was created and directed by Sheldon Raymore (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe)


Lakota Language Consultants: 

Phillip Stands Quigley (Rosebud Sioux Tribe)

Lone Quigley (Rosebud Sioux Tribe)

Waniya Locke (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe) / Lakota Language Consortium


Tipi Project Cultural Advisors: 

Ben Geboe (Yankton Sioux Tribe)

Phillip Dallas Stands (Rosebud Sioux Tribe)


Winter Count Mentors and Consultants: 

Phillip Dallas Stands (Rosebud Sioux Tribe)

Dr. Thomas Red Owl Haukass (Rosebud Sioux Tribe)


Tipi Project National HIV/AIDS Specialists Advisors:

Richard Haverkate (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) National HIV/AIDS & Hep C Program Coordinator, Indian Health Service Headquarters

Elton Naswood (Navajo) - Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC)


Tipi Project HIV/AIDS New York State Regional Specialist Advisors:

Tony Enos (Echota Cherokee) Public Health and Clinical HIV Consultant

Talia Shenandoah (Mohawk) former American Indian Community House HIV/AIDS Wish Syracuse, New York Employee

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Art as Action!! : Using Art in Organizing on Tuesday March 20th at 7pm - 10pm

kȟošká wičhókhúže sutá Iyékhiye Aŋpétu
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

HIV/AIDS - kȟošká wičhókhúže sutá

Awareness Day (literally means to let them talk day) - Iyékhiye Aŋpétu

4 Ways To Bring Awareness To Your Nation

1.) Get tested and know your status
2.) Offer to accompany a friend or family member to a testing appointment
3.) Educate yourself on the facts and disseminate accurate information about HIV/AIDS
4.) Find creative ways to challenge stigmatizing and negative social norms concerning HIV/AIDS in your community

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day "a celebration of life" is March 20th, 2018 marks the tenth annual National Native (American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian) HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.


How did the PrEPahHontoz Tipi Project mobilize volunteers to participate in the Tipi Project?  Not only did we utilize Winter Counts as a culturally competent approach to engaging folks but we also encouraged storytelling through a native lens perspective.  We have the power to raise awareness of important issues, native approaches to data collection, and the importance of reducing stigma's in Indian Country.


Numerous volunteers joined us at the American Indian Community House as we hand painted this Tipi Cover.  The American Indian Community House and Rainforest Action Network held a training that was focused on how to maximize our organizing by using art to apply environmental awareness pressure on a bank that funds the Deadly Tar Sands.  The PrEPahHontoz Tipi Project was presented and highlighted at this event for National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. There were 30-40 people in attendance.


American Indian Community House

39 Eldridge Street, 4th Floor

New York, NY, 10002

Indian health service tipi

March 15th, 2018

Now on display at Indian Health Services Headquarters in Rockville, Maryland.

List of Winter Counts on Tipi

2018 - Tipi Project Winter
2017 - Take The Pill Winter
2016 - United States Conference on AIDS Winter
2015 - Apollo Winter
2014 - Native Prevalence Wasn’t High Enough to Justify Funding Winter
2013 - Blue Pill Winter
2011 - Apache Red Balloon Release Winter
2010 - Hope Winter
2009 - Not One More Winter
2007 - National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Winter
2006 - Native Peoples of North America HIV/AIDS Conference Winter
2004 - Turtle Island United Front Winter
2001 - Marty Prairie Last Winter
1998 - Year of the Hasapa’s death song Winter
1997 - Winter of First Victory, death rate dropped
1996 - First Light Winter
1995 - Haudenosaunee joined the fight Winter
1994 - The people declared war on this sickness Winter
1993 - Suicide Winter
1992 - Storyteller’s Winter
1991/1992 - Education Winter
1991 - Oneida Nation of Wisconsin Conference
1990 - Red Cross Winter
1988 - Arapaho, Cheyenne, Choctaw, and Piout Nations Join The Fight Winter
1987 - Jodi Harry’s Last Winter
1986 - Winter of Shame
1985 - World Council on AIDS Winter
1982 - AIDS Name Winter - Šikšil T’á
1978 - First Symptoms Winter or Spirit Medicine Came Back Winter

Video of the PrEPahHontoz Tipi Project: Press play to view