Brooke smiley

ARTS: EARTH.SPEAKS ámanikyatumɵ’ɵvi or “Resting Hand” 2023 -- by brooke smiley

In this offering from brooke smiley, a Southern Ute elder, and members of brooke's collaborative community, we hear a description the project, the name of the project recorded by an elder of the Southern Ute community, and testimony about process, space, and meaning from community collaborators. The components are as follows:

* An introduction from artist brooke smiley

* An offering from the Southern Ute community. This recording was created by Crystal Rizzo in June 2023 and introduces the name of the piece

* An offering from brooke smiley meditating on process and inspiration

* Offerings, musings, and reflections from community members who collaborated on the project

* An invitation for you to get involved in the present and future experience of this piece. Please feel free to reach out, be in touch, or tag yourself in the project with the links below:


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About The Project:

EARTH.SPEAKS is a land-based public art project aimed at healing through community creation of earth markers, a sustainable practice of structure building. Led by Osage interdisciplinary artist and certified California Contractor Brooke Smiley, its urgency is rooted in the deep need for sustained body and land based healing processes. This work centers Indigenous Identity through reconnecting with our bodies, one another, and the land. Brooke guides communities including two spirits, youth, and the houseless population in building two earth markers, to uplift awareness of Indigenous history, present day visibility, and messages of the land.

EARTH.SPEAKS’ community-led process brings an awareness of the history of the land into public spaces. The emergence and building of this earth marker empowers Native individuals, centers Native individuals in community, and literally rebuilds these relationships by hand. Much of how Native American and Indigenous people are portrayed is often in the past tense. brooke believes “this is a real opportunity for the Native community to have agency in how we are portrayed and the unique gifts we have to share, centering our relationship with the earth.”

The core of this project is deep healing. It is seen, heard, felt, and touched; a celebration of memory and a return to self and community through conversation with the physical earth and one's own body. Over the course of this project, the community will experience collaborative workshops grounded in somatic education and sustainable earth building with clay and plaster. These trauma-informed workshops will center the embodied knowledge of local Native Americans, their stories, and connection to the land and its history. 

Green Box Audio Tour
  1. Introduction and Hello! (UPDATED JUNE 2023)
  2. ARTS: Discover Green Box Arts and Meet Scott Levy
  3. ARTS: Green Box Co-Founders - "Green Box is for everybody!"
  4. ACCORDING TO THE KIDS: "What Do You Like About Green Mountain Falls?"
  5. HISTORY: Vintage Advertisements from Green Mountain Falls
  6. HISTORY: Eyewitness Account: Green Mountain Falls in the 1940s
  7. ARTS: Green Box Venue - The Farm Stand
  8. ARTS: "Open Skies" Installation by Brenda Biondo
  9. ARTS: Green Box Co-Founders: "You Can't Get that in New York!"
  10. HISTORY: Midland Depot
  11. ACCORDING TO THE KIDS: A local warning
  12. HISTORY: The Outlook Lodge
  13. SPIRITUALITY / HISTORY: Church in the Wildwood (with Pastor Darlene)
  14. ARTS: View of James Turrell Skyspace
  15. MUSIC: Adam Crystal's Green Box Theme
  16. ARTS: Green Box Co-Founder and President Christian Keesee on Green Box Arts
  17. SPIRITUALITY: Guided Meditation with Pastor Darlene
  18. ARTS: Nikki Pike's OVUM
  19. MUSIC: Green Box Artist-in-Residence Matthew Jamal's "Prayers and Palm Oil"
  20. ARTS: The "Shed" Artist Housing and Lakeview Terrace
  21. ARTS: EARTH.SPEAKS ámanikyatumɵ’ɵvi or “Resting Hand” 2023 -- by brooke smiley
  22. SPIRITUALITY: Aspen Grove and Tribute Walk
  23. ARTS: The Managers by Molly Rideout
  24. HISTORY: Sunshine Cottage - 7110 Maple Street
  25. HISTORY: The Armentrout House -- 10725 Ute Pass Avenue
  26. HISTORY: The Chapin House - 7210 Grand View
  27. HISTORY: Green Mountain Falls Hotel Site (Corner of Ute Pass and Hotel Streets)
  28. HISTORY: Aspen Lodge (11190 Belvidere)
  29. HISTORY: Hummingbird (11475 Belvedere)
  30. HISTORY: Harmony Hut and Westward Ho (11490 and 11496 Belvidere)
  31. ARTS: Schulhof's Curve - Public Art
  32. ARTS: Faime Walking - Public Art
  33. ARTS: Green Box Co-Founder Larry Keigwin on watching performance outdoors
  34. ARTS: Keith Haring Fitness Court
  35. ARTS: Heartmouth - Public Art
  36. ARTS: Skye by Brian Wall
  37. ARTS: Four Orbits - Public Art
  38. ARTS: Communication X9 - Public Art
  39. HISTORY: Sallie Bush Community Building (And An Exciting Update!)