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For Indigenous people, culture is often passed to a new generation through oral traditions and the retelling of tribal narratives, including tribal creation stories. It is here that we find the stories of women who made the world. In From the Belly of Our Being, 20 contemporary artists – and Native women – explore how the feminine forces in their tribal creation stories continue to inform the ideals of feminine behavior and gendered roles.
In this lecture, exhibition curator heather ahtone will address the continued impact of these female deities as models of feminine behavior. ahtone is also the James T. Bialac Assistant Curator of Native American & Non-Western Art at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma.
The lecture takes place at 6 pm at the OSU Museum of Art on Thursday, Sept. 29. Free and open to the public. No RSVP required.
This project is supported in part by the following: an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Jeanene and Ron Hulsey, Mary Ann and Ken Fergeson, the Chickasaw Nation, the Oklahoma Arts Council, OSU/A&M Board of Regents, and the OSU Museum of Art Advocates. In addition, the OSU Museum of Art would like to extend a thank you to Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis, Minn., and the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum in Santa Fe, NM.