PrEPahHontoz Tipi Project

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Raised by 6 people in 14 months
With support from the American Indian Community House, Office of Minority Health, Indian Health Service, Gofundme Donors, Individual Artists, and Volunteers we started 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 and The Whitney Museum of Art in New York City.  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.    

Were always in need of the folllowing....
Collapsible Tipi Poles
Sunforger Canvas Fabric (Mold & Mildew Resistant)
Prisma Color Markers
Screenprinting Inks
Wooden Frames for Screens for Screenprinting
Professionally Fireproofing of the Tipi's ($750.00), Metrocards and Food for Volunteers

For more information visit the website at : https://prepahhontoz.com/tipi-project
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