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  • Families explore Nez Perce culture at Eiteljorg Museum’s Kaya Day on Jan. 24

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Jan 09, 2015
    kayaday

    On Saturday, Jan. 24, guests are invited to join the Eiteljorg as it celebrates the Nez Perce culture of the American Girl® doll, Kaya®.
    Teresa Webb at Kaya Day
     

    This family-friendly day features storytelling, games and activities inspired by Kaya’s people. Visitors may even win their very own Kaya doll. All activities are included with general museum admission and are enjoyable for boys and girls.  Doll not required.

    Families can also meet Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe) and hear about Native American cultures through stories and songs, accompanied by flute, drum and rattle. Joining the celebration will be Miami artists Katrina Mitten (beadwork), Patria Smith (gourd art) and Dani Tippmann (Native plants), who will discuss the similarities and differences between the Nez Perce and Miami cultures.

     It all takes place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24,  at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.

    Hope to see you there!

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  • New Art 2.0 | Wendy Red Star

    by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Dec 23, 2014

    New Art 2.0 is an exhibition of prints, many created by Eiteljorg Fellows and contemporary Native and Non Native artists. It is a blend of “op art,” landscape, political and environmental statements as well as portraiture. Approximately 90 limited edition prints will be on exhibit and available for sale with prices ranging between about $500 - $4000.  New Art 2.0 closes Feb. 8, 2015. 
    Wendy Red Star
    The (HUD), 2010
    Lithograph, edition 9/12
    30 x 22 ⅜ inches
    $835

    The main motive behind my work is humor and using humor as a tool to get to bigger underlying issues. I’m originally from Montana, and I grew up on the Crow Indian reservation in south-central Montana. I’m half Crow Indian and half Irish. I grew up immersed in Crow culture but with a dual perspective. Most of my art explores this experience from two worlds and some of the issues that occur within that territory.

    Wendy Red Star (Crow, born 1981) is an installation artist who received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Montana State University and her master of fine arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, both in sculpture. In her work, Wendy, who is a 2009 Eiteljorg Fellow, combines her own ethnic and gender identities with conventional and stereotypical ways of representing them. She resides in Portland, Oregon.
     
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  • New Art 2.0 | Lillian Pitt

    by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Dec 17, 2014

    New Art 2.0 is an exhibition of prints, many created by Eiteljorg Fellows and contemporary Native and Non Native artists. It is a blend of “op art,” landscape, political and environmental statements as well as portraiture. Approximately 90 limited edition prints will be on exhibit and available for sale with prices ranging between about $500 - $4000.  New Art 2.0 closes Feb. 8, 2015. 
    Echoes from the ancient past
    Echoes From the Ancient Past, 2013
    Monotype, edition 1/1
    15 x 20 inches
    $715

    Long regarded as one of the Northwest’s most beloved contemporary Native American artists, Lillian Pitt (Wasco/Yakama/Warm Springs) grew up on the Warm Springs Reservation in central Oregon. Her mother’s Wasco family lived near now-submerged Celilo Falls, and her father’s Yakima relatives lived across the river near the pictograph of Tsaglaglal, or She-Who-Watches.

    Pitt, who became an artist in her mid-30s, began with mask making. She became interested in, and gained expertise, in Japanese raku and anagama firing methods. The pictographs, petroglyphs, and legends of her ancestors are the foundation of her visual language. Pitt works in several media, including bronze, glass, and prints.

    Ancestors
    Ancestors, 2006
    Monotype, edition 1/1
    15 x 20 inches
    $765

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  • New Art 2.0 | Introducing Corwin “Corky” Clairmont

    by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art, and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Dec 09, 2014

    New Art 2.0 is an exhibition of prints, many created by Eiteljorg Fellows and contemporary Native and Non Native artists. It is a blend of “op art,” landscape, political and environmental statements as well as portraiture. Approximately 90 limited edition prints will be on exhibit and available for sale with prices ranging between about $500 - $4000.  New Art 2.0 closes Feb. 8, 2015.

    Banana Polar Bear
    Banana Polar Bear, 2012
    Monoprint, edition 1/1
    22 ⅜ x 30 inches
    $1,210

    Our Indian communities have thousands of years of history that need to be recognized and celebrated. We have many stories yet to tell from the past and the present as we are still here. - Corwin "Corky" Clairmong (Salish Kootenai)

    Corwin "Corky" Clairmont was born at the St. Ignatius Mission on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. In 1984, after living in Los Angeles for 14 years, Clairmont returned to the Flathead Reservation, where he lives and works today. Clairmont is part of an important group of Native American artists who use their cultural experiences and background in combination with techniques such as printmaking and photography to bring attention to the traditions and challenges that are part of the lives of Native people and their communities. Clairmont is a 2003 Eiteljorg Fellow and has exhibited his work across the U.S. His work is included in many public and private collections, including the Eiteljorg Museum’s permanent collection.

    Waiting for the ice
    Waiting for the Ice, 2012
    Monoprint, edition 1/1
    22⅜ x 30 inches
    $1,210

    More about Corky
    Corky is a celebrated contemporary artist, combining his experience as a native person and tribal member with a post-modernist view of the realities of life as indigenous people struggle to retain their identities and sovereignty into the 21st century. He is also a teacher, mentor and a community activist, and lives in Ronan. A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Corky has been the art director at Salish Kootenai College since 1984. Previously, he was an instructor and printmaking department head at Otis/Parsons Art Institute in LA.

    Corky holds a BA from MSU, did a graduate fellowship at San Fernando State University and received an MFA from California State University at Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited from coast to coast and around the world, including Germany and New Zealand, and has been reviewed by the New York Times. He also designed the cover and emblem for the American Indian Library Association and a large granite warrior memorial for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation in 2007.

    Through the years, he has served on many professional boards, curated and juried many art shows, and he has received a Ford Foundation grant and NEA and MAC grants. Corky was also awarded the 2008 Montana Governor’s Arts Award for Visual Art. (Source: www.Montana.gov)
     
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  • Inside the Eiteljorg's Arctic Gallery

    by Johanna Blume, Eiteljorg assistant curator of western art | Nov 26, 2014

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    Sleds have long been used for transportation of goods and people in the Arctic. Before contact with European and American explorers, Alaska Natives, pulled sleds with small teams of dogs harnessed alongside the sled, or with human labor. After contact, larger teams of dogs were harnessed to the front of the sled. Since many communities in Southwestern Alaska aren’t connected by roads, sleds are still a crucial mode of transportation in the fall and winter. Today many people use snowmobiles to pull their sleds, although dog teams are still a common sight. Dogsleds are also part of recreational life in the Arctic. Since 1973 dogsled teams from around the world have competed in the Iditarod, an annual dogsled race that runs from Willow, Alaska to Nome, Alaska.

    There are many objects in the Eiteljorg’s collection related to dogsleds, some of which are on display. In our Arctic gallery you can see a Yup’ik made dogsled, and an Inupiat carved walrus tusk that depicts a dogsled team and driver as well as a variety of animals the Inupiat traditionally hunt.

    artic - archives univ of alaska
    Bethel, 1939-1959
    Image Courtesy: Averill and June Thayer Photographs; Alaska and Polar Regions Collections, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
    artic - leaving dawson
    Dogsled team preparing to leave Dawson for Nome, Alaska, Feb. 11, 1900
    Image Courtesy: University of Washington Libraries Special Collections, William E. Meed Photograph Collection, PH Coll 246

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