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An Indigenous Immersive Experience: The Ancient Ones

August 31, 2018 –  September 23
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
Colonels Row

Upstream Artists’ Collective and The Eagle Project have collaborated to bring The Ancient Ones to Governors Island this season. Pulling from historical ecology, writings, and folklore as their guide, visitors will experience an island they never knew existed through scent, sound, and visions.

Upstream Artists’ Collective is a group of interdisciplinary artists making theater with an environmental conscience seeking to reexamine what it means to be human on a global scale for the purposes of understanding our relationship to a changing climate. Upstream develops new work and reexamines existing work with an eco-arts aesthetic and makes it accessible to all audiences.

The Eagle Project is a professional performing arts company that behaves as an artistic laboratory by utilizing theater, music, dance, spoken word, and film to dissect the American identity, while using the Native American experience, both past and present, as the primary means for which to conduct its exploration.

The Ancient Ones explores the untold story of a land and its people, both foreign and Native, the island of Mannahatta. Visitors will travel forwards and backwards in time observing Mannahatta through an immersive gallery and performing-arts experience based on A Description of New Netherland, the personal account of Dutch immigrant Adriaen van der Donck in 1655, known histories of the Native Americans he encountered, and modern stories of their descendants.

All performances are free and open to the public. Space is limited. Reservations are recommended. Reserve your spot now→

Upcoming Performances:

Friday, August 31 at 7PM

Saturday, September 1 at 2PM and 4PM

Sunday, September 2 at 2PM and 4PM

Monday, September 3 at 2PM

Friday, September 7 at 7PM

Saturday, September 9 at 2PM

Friday, September 14 at 7PM

Saturday, September 15 at 2PM

Saturday, September 16 at 2PM


Monday closed
Tuesday closed
Wednesday closed
Thursday 11:00 am — 5:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am — 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am — 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am — 5:00 pm
Getting There
10 Minutes from Soissons Landing 10 Minutes from Yankee Pier
5 Minutes from Soissons Landing 5 Minutes from Yankee Pier