On Repairing Ties to Indigenous Ceremony & Culture Through Art (Livestream)
Public Programs

On Repairing Ties to Indigenous Ceremony & Culture Through Art (Livestream)

A Conversation With Tricia Rainwater and Chantal Jung


  • These tickets are for the Livestream version of this event. To buy tickets for the In-Person event CLICK HERE.
  • Register to Access the livestream and one week of ad-free replay access


Choctaw multimedia artist Tricia Rainwater’s wide-ranging work is rooted in themes of identity and grief. Her artistic practice offers a perspective through the lens of a Choctaw survivor. Tricia grew up in nature and in ceremony, but her relationship with family and ancestry have been shaped by the long tentacles of United States policy and practice towards Indigenous peoples: specifically, the forced removal of Choctaw people from their lands and the journey on the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma. 
In her recent series, Falama: to return, she shares a sustained desire to repair ties to ceremony and culture. To create Falama, she set out on the Trail of Tears, the route followed by five southeastern tribal nations—including her own ancestors—when they were forcibly displaced from their homes to areas west of the Mississippi designated as Indian Territory. Along the way—seeking the familiar and finding a sense of place in the ground on which she was walking—she collected soil from her original familial homelands and sites along the Trail that were important to the Choctaw people. 
Join Tricia and Nunatsiavut Inuk and self-taught multimedia artist and writer Chantal Jung for an engaging exploration of Tricia’s life and artistic work. In their conversation they explore Tricia's ongoing journeys of return, reconnection, and repair with her Indigenous family, culture, and land, past and present. 

Tricia Rainwater color portrait. Tricia is a Choctaw woman standing in front of a bright teal curragated wall. She is smiling and is wearing a plaid coat, a blue mockneck cropped top, and jeans. She has straight, medium-length hair and is wearing hoop earrings.

Tricia Rainwater (she/her) is a Choctaw multimedia artist based in the Bay Area with roots in the Central Valley and New Mexico. Her artistic portfolio, which spans self-portraiture, sculpture, and large-scale murals and installations, has been featured in the Berkeley Center of the Arts, ICA SF, MOCA Toronto, and more. In 2022, she received a grant from the SF Arts Commission to trace the Choctaw Trail of Tears. Rooted in themes of identity and grief, her practice offers a perspective through the lens of a Choctaw survivor. With a B.A. in Theology and experience serving as a pastor on Arizona and South Dakota reservations, Tricia explores her tribe’s complex history with Christianity. 

Chantal Jung color portrait. Chantal is Nunatsiavut Inuk and German and is posed outside amongst flowering trees and plants. She is turned to the left and has her head tilted towards the camera as she smiles. She has on a bright yellow coat and red lips.

Chantal Jung (she/they) is a Nunatsiavut Inuk and self-taught multimedia artist and writer with a focus on collage art, zines, video, and film. Chantal is originally from Happy-Valley Goose Bay, NL (Nunatsiavut), and currently resides as a guest on Ramaytush Ohlone land (San Francisco, CA). Chantal has produced animated work for the musician Black Belt Eagle Scout and the Bartow Project, and her writing and artwork have been featured in Inuit Art Quarterly and on the Inuit Art Foundation's website. She is a member of an Indigenous-led collective called Indigenous Honeys.  




If you need to request accessibility accommodations, please email publicprograms@ciis.edu at least one week prior to the event. For more information, explore our Accessibility web page.

Important Event Information

Access to the livestream event is limited to registered guests. Registered ticket holders will receive the link to watch the livestream, will have access to chat and Q&A, and will have an ad-free watching experience.

Recording Policy

Ticket holders will have access to an ad-free replay of the event for one week after the live event. A replay with ads will be released on our YouTube channel one week after the livestream. Portions of the audio will also be released on our podcast. Only registered ticket holders who choose to watch live can participate in the chat and Q&A.

Refunding Policy

All tickets and donations for this event are nonrefundable.

Related Academic Department
Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion

Learn More About Tricia's Exhibition
Tricia Rainwater I Falama: To Return