Our People, Our Land, Our Images

June 30 to September 30, 2018

Indigenous photographers from around the globe explore connections to land, community, spirituality, and cultural traditions through imagery ranging from straightforward documentation to artistic treatments incorporating overlays and collage. The photography in this exhibition combines powerful aesthetics with assertions of Native identity. The show includes work by nineteenth-century trailblazers, established contemporary photographers, and emerging artists representing North and South America, the Middle East, and Oceania.

Our People, Our Land, Our Images was organized by the C.N. Gorman Museum, University of California at Davis and traveled by Exhibits USA. The Grace Hudson Museum is the final venue before the exhibition is retired.

Our People, Our Land, Our Images Programs:

July 6, 5:00 to 8:00 PM -- Basket Making, Bead Working, Story Telling. An evening featuring basketweaver Corine Pearce (Pomo), bead artist Stewart Wilburn (Wailaki/Tolowa/
Pomo/Wintu), and the stories of Dry Creek Pomo elder Elizabeth “Belle” Lozinto Cordova. 

July 15 at 2:00 PM -- This Is Not a Commercial, This Is My Homeland. An illustrated talk by Native North American Art scholar Jessica Horton, examining historical threads and environmental themes visible in the photographs exhibited in Our People, Our Land, Our Images

August 3, 5:00 to 8:00 PM -- Fish Basket Celebration. The installation of a commissioned fish basket sculpture by Pomo artist Bruce Smith will be commemorated. Evening features Bruce Smith in person, craft activities for families, and bites of Pomo-style salmon. 

August 25, 2:00 PM -- Queen of the Silent Westerns. Historian Linda M. Waggoner explores the life and career of Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) actress Lilian St. Cyr (1884-1974), stage name "Red Wing," the first Native American Hollywood film star. 

September 16, 2:00 PM -- Indigenous Photography. A panel discussion with the creators of Our People, Our Land, Our Images: C.N. Gorman Museum Director Hulleah J. Tshinhnahjinnie and Gorman Museum Curator Veronica Passalacqua.


Photo Credit: "Laguna Eagle Dancers" by Lee Marmon (Laguna Pueblo)