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.  

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, family, 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)

Indian Health Service Data Timeline Author: Carolyn Melanani Kuali'i (Hawaiian/Mescalero Apache)  Executive Director of KUA'AINA Associates

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

2019 Tipi Exhibits 

Governor’s Island, Nolan Park, Admirals House, American Indian Community House, June 2019 

14th Circle of Harmony HIV/AIDS Wellness Conference, Bridging Generations: Thinking ahead while always being informed by the past, Albuquerque Marriott Hotel, New Mexico, March 26-28th, 2019 

2018 Tipi Exhibits  

2018 Southwest HEP C Tribal Summit & Arizona Statewide American Indian STD/HIV Conference, Courtland Marriott, Phoenix, Arizona on September 28th, 2018 

2018 United States Conference on AIDS, Hyatt Regency Orlando, Florida on September 6-9th, 2018 

2018 International AIDS Conference, Youth Against AIDS Headquarters, Park Inn by Radison, Amsterdam, Netherlands on July 23rd - 27th, 2018 

7th International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS, De Nieuwe Liefde, Da Costade 102, Amsterdam, Netherlands on July 21-22nd, 2018 

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) - Orange Café Side Event, A Mile in Our Moccasins, New York, NY, 10158 on April 27th, 2018 

2018 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, United Nations Plz, New York, NY, 10017 on April 22nd - 26th, 2018 

Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevort Street, New York, NY, 10014 on March 23, 2018 

Indian Health Service Headquarters, 3600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD, 20857 on March 15, 2018  


2018 Miniature Tipi Cover Displays 

Museum of The City of New York, “Germ City” Exhibit, 1220 5th Ave, New York, NY, 10029 ongoing exhibit September 14th until April 28th, 2019 

John Molloy Gallery, “Whe’wha & the Two Spirit Tradition in Native Society”, 49 E 78th Street, Suite 2B, New York, NY, 10075 on June 14th - July 14th, 2018 

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, “Into the Fire” Showcase Event, 224 Waverly Pl, New York, NY, 10014 on June 21st, 2018.


Video of the PrEPahHontoz Tipi Project: Press play to view

miniature tipi cover Display



Opens September 14th, 2018 until April 28th, 2019 - New York, NY

Germ City - Microbes and the Metropolis

PrEPahHontoz Tipi Project - Miniature Tipi Cover Display

A fascinating look at New York City's battle against infectious disease.   Man and microbes have always co-habited, and their relationship has had a profound influence on human history—especially in cities, the crossroads of the movements of people, goods, and germs. Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis explores the complex story of New York’s long battle against infectious disease—a fight involving government, urban planners, medical professionals, businesses, and activists. It reveals how our understanding of disease has changed us physically, socially, and culturally, and the surprising interplay between people and pathogens in an urban context.   This exhibition is organized by the Museum of the City of New York in collaboration with The New York Academy of Medicine and Wellcome. It is part of Wellcome’s international project Contagious Cities, which explores the interplay of people and pathogens in urban contexts. Drawing on the model of the Wellcome Collection’s “Reading Room,” Germ City features a hybrid gallery and library where visitors can view historical artifacts alongside contemporary artworks created for the exhibition, delve into the exhibition’s themes with a curated selection of books, and access a wide range of perspectives through digital interactives.

Amsterdam, netherlands exhibits


July 21-22nd, 2018

Tipi Project was displayed and presented at the 7th Annual International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS in the atrium of the conference hall.


Building Bridges Uniting the Strengths of Indigenous Peoples

The 2018 International Indigenous Pre-conference on HIV & AIDS is themed around building bridges across the world and uniting our strengths in order for Indigenous Peoples to take their rightful place on the international stage.

It is an opportunity for Indigenous Peoples from all over the world and their allies to share wise and promising practices, learn from each other and build relationships across continents, cultures, traditions, and languages.

The Netherlands have been a long-standing champion of diversity and inclusion. Which will provide a stimulating space for collaboration, and in turn will give rise to a powerful Indigenous-led global response to HIV and AIDS.

Our aim is that with the meaningful engagement of Indigenous Peoples we will get the world working together - not only to address HIV in Indigenous communities, but also to serve our critical role in closing global target gaps.

What to Expect:

* Topics ranging from harm-reduction regimens to leadership advocacy, clinical case presentations, lively panel discussions, keynotes, and cultural exchanges.

Call for Equity Partnerships:

* This is also a call for leadership, science and community partnerships to advocate for Indigenous Peoples and to empower Indigenous people to lead. We are seeking equity partnership opportunities with organized community groups, ministries of health or national research centres, academics and researchers.

7th International Indigenous Pre-conference on HIV & AIDS

Building Bridges Uniting the Strengths of Indigenous Peoples

July 21-22, 2018 

De Nieuwe Liefde (The New Love cultural centre)

Da Costakade 102, 1053 WP Amsterdam, Netherlands

Free registration is now open to AIDS 2018 delegates and the general public – especially local people or groups in the Netherlands who identify as Indigenous.

More information registration, schedule and speakers visit http://www.iiwgha.org/iiwgha/upcoming-events/



July 22-27th, 2018

Amsterdam, Netherlands PrEPahHontoz Tipi was on exhibit at the Youth Against AIDS Headquarters during the AIDS 2018 22nd International AIDS Conference.

Powered by the UNFPA

gallery art show


June 14th - July 14th, 2018

John Molloy Gallery

49 E 78th Street, Suite 2B

New York, NY, 10075

PrEPahHontoz Tipi Project

Miniature Tipi Display 

We’wha & the Two Spirit Tradition in Native Society

John Molloy Gallery is pleased to present We’wha & the Two Spirit Tradition in Native Society, an exhibition and sale of antique work by We’wha and Arroh-ah-och, two Native American 19th century two spirit artists as well as contemporary work by Mona Medicine Crow (Crow), Thomas Huakaas (Lakota), Sheldon Raymore (Lakota, Cheyenne River Sioux) and Lokowi-he-ne (Mohawk).  The two spirit tradition refers to a traditional role in Native America of people who did not relate fully to the binary  genders of male & female, of people who identified as having the spirit of both genders. While the terminology varied from tribe to tribe, the ethos of acceptance permeated all the groups and often granted these individuals special status.  The great media theorist, Marshall McLuhan, speculated that the electronic culture would re-tribalize Western society.  His observations, now made more than fifty years ago, are becoming actualized in our communities via acceptance of same-sex marriage and gender neutral bathrooms, gradually bringing us towards the communal attitudes on gender issues that Native American culture made manifest more than 100 years ago.   There will be an opening reception for the artists on June 14 from 6 to 8 pm.  The show will run until July 14

indigenous arts showcase


June 21st, 2018 @ 7-9pm

Visual Arts & Fashion Categories

PrEPahHontoz Miniature Tipi on Display - Rattlestick Playwrights Theater - New York City.  Also featured was the 2007 Grammy Gown designed by Sheldon Raymore.

Come to the Fire is presented by the First Nations Theater Guild and hosted by Rattlestick Theater. Come join us for presentations by and interactive discussions with indigenous artists surrounding their work and decolonization. Please RSVP to firstnationstheaterguild@gmail.com

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