To shatter a stereotype, one first must recognize it. That’s certainly the premise of an exhibition running from July 5 to October 19, 2019, at the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute. The exhibition, “Savages and Princesses: The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes,” assembles the works of a dozen contemporary Native American visual artists, all from Oklahoma, who, through artistic expression, reclaim their right to represent their identities as Native Americans. The twelve artists approach this sensitive and often emotionally charged subject with humor, subtlety, irony and direct honesty.
The exhibition embraces Native Americans’ power to replace stereotypical images that exist in American culture. It explores common falsehoods about Native peoples that lead to stereotypes and then presents the facts and truth.
The permanent exhibits at the museum examine the past, the present and the future vision of the local Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Tribes.
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