For “Eyoomkuuka’ro Kokomaar” (“We Paddle Together”), a Native American artist will work closely with California Indian tribes to create a traditional ti’aat plank canoe.
The Queer Cultural Center is commissioning Native American (Tongva/Acjachemen/Raramuri) artist L. Frank Manriquez to create a traditional ti’aat plank canoe. She will work closely with artisans and culture bearers of local California Indian Tribes, organizations, and groups to create the canoe, hold rituals together as part of the process, and conduct outreach to the intertribal diaspora of urban and other Indigenous peoples in the San Francisco Bay Area. The project title is “Eyoomkuuka’ro Kokomaar” (“We Paddle Together”). The world premiere community ritual and maiden voyage of the boat will take place in 2024 in a San Francisco Bay waterway to be determined.