It has been some time since we featured a story about creative new methods by which indigenous communities protect their heritage, and The Field Museum (Chicago, USA) offers this exhibit to demonstrate new ways of presenting that heritage:
For many years, Native American communities weren’t given the opportunity to tell their own stories in museums. Apsáalooke Women and Warriors is a step in a new direction.
Working alongside curator Nina Sanders, 18 Apsáalooke collaborators bring their knowledge and artistry to this exhibition—including beadwork, clothing, video animation, painting, and photography. Dozens more shared their ideas, memories, and family histories to shape the making of Apsáalooke Women and Warriors.
Watch as bead artist Elias Not Afraid creates a bag that’s on display in the exhibition. Elias taught himself to bead when he was 12, taking apart his grandmother’s leggings to learn the two-needle applique method by reassembling them. From there, he sought out harder techniques and designs to test himself. Elias is constantly experimenting and evolving: “I want to modernize the craft while still observing traditional aesthetics.”…
Go to the exhibition’s web page here.