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We Are Native Women Exhibition
Thu, 23 Mar 2017, 10:00 – Wed, 31 May 2017, 18:00 GMT
We Are Native Women celebrates the strength and diversity of Native American women through the recent work of twelve contemporary Indigenous North American artists from the USA and Canada. The exhibition includes a range of media, from painting, printmaking and photography to basket weaving.
2017 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Pocahontas. Famous for her involvement with the English settlers in Jamestown, she is probably the only Native American woman who most British people could name. The popular treatment of Pocahontas, most notoriously in the Disney films, has propelled her to become the poster girl for Native American culture, eclipsing the numerous Native American women whose real lives are as worthy of our attention. The exhibition challenges the cult of celebrity associated with figures like Pocahontas and asks us why we insist on warping our understanding by viewing complex issues through the distorting prism of a single individual. It is one of several events happening across the country under the umbrella of ‘Pocahontas 2017’ co- ordinated by the Big Ideas Company http://www.bigideascompany.org/project/pocahontas-2017/
Featured artists include Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Shan Goshorn (Cherokee), Marla Allison (Laguna Pueblo), Shelley Niro (Mohawk), Kali Spitzer (Kaska Dena & Jewish), Zoe Urness (Tlingit & Cherokee), Alison Bremner (Tlingit), Sierra Edd (Navajo/Diné) and Debra Yepa-Pappan (Jemez Pueblo & Korean).
The exhibition is curated by Dr Stephanie Pratt, Cultural Ambassador for the Crow Creek Dakota Tribal Council and Joanne Prince, Director of Rainmaker Gallery. For further information, please view Rainmaker Gallery's website: http://rainmakerart.co.uk/we-are-native-women/