This week Paul Walde is in Chicago alongside fellow Awi’nakola: Tree of Life art clan members, which includes Rande Cook (Ma’amtagila), Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde (Kanienke’haka), Kelly Richardson, and Chicago-based curator Stephanie Smith, to make a series of presentations as part of Awi’nakola Chicago 2023– a week-long visit in which the artists will connect with colleagues here, share ideas, and plant seeds toward future collaborations. The schedule includes: SIDEBAR at the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago on May 16th, a lunch time discussion at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society on May 17th, and Dialogues at Watershed Art & Ecology in association with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on May 19th. Awi’nakola” means “we are one with the land and the sea.” It is also the name for a foundation started by a group of Indigenous knowledge keepers, scientists, and artists working together to find effective responses to the climate crisis and educate others through the process.