Snapshot: Gordon Bronitsky (Fulbright Germany, Kenya, Zimbabwe)

Sep 02, 2020
Gordon Bronitsky
Gordon Bronitsky and the Chinle Valley Singers in Algeria in 2015

New Mexico has a long history of outreach and interaction between Jewish and Navajo communities. New opportunities are arising in which both groups are speaking and listening to each other, especially as the coronavirus pandemic rips through the Navajo Nation, exposing fault lines of poverty and racism


Current project: Jewish and Navajo dialogs

For the last 15 years, I’ve been facilitating dialogs and programs between Jews and American Indians, including a Navajo/Jewish dialog. We share commonalties in struggling to survive in two worlds, sacred languages, sacred lands, and pressures from the larger world to be other than who we are.

New Mexico has a long history of outreach and interaction between Jewish and Navajo communities in commerce, the law, and health care. New opportunities are arising in which both groups are speaking and listening to each other, especially as the coronavirus pandemic rips through the Navajo Nation, exposing fault lines of poverty and racism. Within the last several months, Jewish audiences have listened to virtual presentations on border town racism and missing and murdered Indigenous women, and I am planning more such presentations.

Fostering these dialogs is crucial in presenting Indigenous voices and messages on their own terms, exposing outside audiences to the depth and breadth of Indigenous performance, and capturing the power of Indigenous voices.


Gordon Bronitsky is an anthropologist by training (PhD University of Arizona 1977). For the last 23 years, he has been founder/president of Bronitsky and Associates dba IndigeNOW!, a non-profit production arm. IndigeNOW's mission is simple – to work with Indigenous artists and performers, traditional and contemporary, to bring their voices and messages to the world.  Gordon has worked on every continent except Antarctica.


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