CSREA, Third Floor, 80 Brown Street, Providence, RI 02912
The prevailing images that we see of Native Americans are often antiquated stereotypes and do not reflect the diversity, vibrancy, or modernity of Native peoples. "Native inspired" trends and images are everywhere: in popular culture, fashion, Hollywood, and music, and conversations about cultural appropriation have become more mainstream. Yet Native voices are largely absent.
This exhibit at CSREA is curated by Adrienne Keene, CSREA/Anthropology Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow who has been a visible public voice on these issues, and brings together five Indigenous artists who directly engage the politics of Native representations, cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and invisibility:
- Nani Chacon (Navajo/Chicana)
- Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute)
- Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw)
- Jared Yazzie (Navajo)
- Sierra Edd '18 (Navajo).
These artists use traditional forms, playful humor, and recognizable pop culture icons to confront, reshape, and represent Indigenous identity in the 21st century.