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Opening Reception Tonto, Teepees & Totem Poles

  • May 16, 2018 1:58 PM
    Message # 6237080

    An opening reception for the Iroquois Museum's (Howes Cave, NY) new exhibit, "Tonto, Teepees and Totem Poles: Considering Native American Stereotypes in the 21st Century," is scheduled for Sat, May 19 from 1 – 4 pm.  Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan, Arikara, Hidatsa, Lakota) and several of the artists will be on hand to speak with visitors about their work. 

    Luger will also screen and discuss “This is A Stereotype,” a 2013 film containing archival footage from the 1976 Native American Videotape Archives and interviews with indigenous artists, scholars and activists representing nations across the US.  The film looks at the prevalence of contemporary stereotypes and how history has influenced the way Native Americans see themselves today.  Luger explains, “The idea behind the film is to invite the audience to ask their own questions, not to simply understand the information they will view about Native identity and stereotypes in this film, but to utilize that information to think critically when making decisions regarding culture and appropriation.”  

    Admission to the event is free. Tonto, Teepees, & Totem Poles is supported in part by an Action Grant from Humanities New York.


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