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American Indian Art Exhibit: From Wounded Knee to Present

Josh Reid, Director of Native American & Indigenous Studies | April 14, 2012
Robert Peters' painting

From Wounded Knee to Present: American Indian Art & Sovereignty

In 2003, during the first ever State of Indian Nations address, Tex Hall, president of the National Congress of American Indians, noted that American Indians chose survival when faced with destruction. He stated that, “Now we seek not just to survive but to thrive.” His words capture the spirit reflected in the works exhibited in this art show about artistic expressions of American Indian identity and sovereignty. These photographs, paintings, and carvings reveal truths about contemporary American Indian existence and our current efforts to thrive. The three artists–Owen Luck, Micah McCarty (Makah), and Robert Peters (Wampanoag)–provide insight into the ways that cultural practices remain a deep thread through the daily lives of American Indians, whether we are protecting our sovereignty, feeding our families by harvesting traditional foods, or drumming an honor beat at a powwow. The dynamic and expressive pieces on display highlight the continued immersion of our people in the unique histories and traditions that make us who we are as American Indians in today’s world.

The first of its kind at UMass Boston, this show will open around April 11 and close on April 26. During the month of April, there are a number of events related to this exhibit:

    * April 19, 4 p.m.: Roundtable with the Artists – 11th floor, Healey Library
    * April 19, 5:30 p.m.: Reception – Harbor Gallery
    * April 26, 5 p.m.: Closing Event – Poetry Night, featuring Robert Peters, Veronique Epiter, and others – Harbor Gallery

All events are open to the public and the university community.

This show is organized by the Native American & Indigenous Studies (NAIS) program, the Institute for New England Native American Studies, and the Harbor Art Gallery. Sponsors include the Anthropology, Art, and History Departments. For more information, please contact Prof. Josh Reid, director of the NAIS program, or download more information about the exhibit.

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