This event reoccurs weekly Wednesday - Sunday.
And It’s Built on the Sacred is an installation by Jacob A. Meders (Mechoopda/Maidu) that reflects on the gentrification of Indigenous land and the handling of unwanted Euro-American religious objects. The installation facilitates an open dialogue about discarded or unwanted objects like souvenirs and religious novelties and reconsiders how meaning can be layered and reclaimed in these commodities. Meders has taken found objects, which have completed their cycle with their previous proprietor, and hand-painted traditional markings of Indigenous people on them. In doing this, he is asking if what is considered holy can also be considered sacred. In the center of the installation sits a circular dirt floor constructed by hand. By physically bringing earth indoors, Meders is reflecting on what is sacred, the loss or destruction of what is sacred, and how easily expendable the sacred can be. Combined, all the components of the installation “re-Indigenizes” or reclaims the gallery as a sacred space—layering old and new histories.