Synapse Arts is based in a city that is called Chicago by many, on the traditional homelands of the Council of Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Bodwéwadmi (Potawatomi) Nations. Many other communities such as Dakhóta, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Kaskaskia, Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) Peoria, Myaamia (Miami), Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, and Illinois also resided here in the Upper Midwest. Before their lands were forcibly taken under the Treaty of Chicago in 1833, this region was long a center for these diverse peoples to gather, trade, and maintain their kinship and cultural ties.
Chicago today is home to one of the country’s largest urban communities of Indigenous Americans. We acknowledge this tragic history, and the many privileges we have gained at great cost, as we also celebrate the vibrancy that Native Americans continue to lead in this city and country.
Learn more about land acknowledgement here: ABOUT SYNAPSE ARTS