Heard Museum presents American Indian identity panel, lecture


Hoop dancing (file photo.)

Hoop dancing (file photo.)

The Heard Museum presents a panel of American Indian artists and leading lawyers to discuss the ways Indian Identity, artist vision can shape and challenge American Indian identity while also having legal implications and community impact.

“A Conversation at the Intersection of Art, Law & Indian Identity“ will be held in the Steele Auditorium, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix.

The program, presented in recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day, will be preceded by a reception at 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium foyer, according to a press release.

Kevin Gover, director of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., will moderate a 4 p.m. discussion among panelists:

  • Brett Shelton (Oglala Sioux Tribe), artist and staff attorney with the Native American Rights Fund;
  • Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute), contemporary artist/activist, much of whose work deals with indigenous identity and pop-culture, touching on issues of race relations, historical consideration and stereotype; and
  • Matika Wilbur (Swinomish/ Tulalip) artist and social documentarian in Indian Country and founder of Project 562, which explores Native identity and experience through a dedication to photographing contemporary Native America.

The discussion will be preceded by the showing of the short documentary, The Last American Indian on Earth.

The event is hosted in partnership with Native American Rights Fund, Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Admission is free, but RSVP is required at http://heard.org/event-tickets.

The Heard continues the commemoration the next day, Monday, Oct. 10, which is Indigenous Peoples Day.

Kevin Dakota Duncan (San Carlos Apache/Mandan/Arikara/Hidatsa) will perform hoop dance at 12:30 p.m. At 12:40 the Heard will present a screening of the short documentary, The Last American Indian on Earth, followed by a short discussion led by Heard Museum staff.

At 1:15, Matika Wilbur (Swinomish/Tulalip) will lecture, the release stated.

Go to http://heard.org/events.

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