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An exhibition celebrating 50 years of indigenous studies at UB, featuring the work of 48 artists from the Hodinöhsö:ni’ confederation, is now on view at the UB Art Galleries.

O’nigöëi:yo:h Thinking In Indian spans multiple mediums and platforms including digital data, black ash, elk hair, glass beads, paint and more.

Works by Hodinöhsö:ni’ Confederation artists – Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora – are on view at the UB Art Gallery at the Center for the Arts and the UB Anderson Gallery through October 2nd.

The title of the exhibition is inspired by John Mohawk “Sotsisowah” (Seneca), one of the founders of Native American Studies at the UB. Jolene Rickard, a member of the Tuscarora Nation, a UB graduate and an art professor at Cornell University, was part of the committee that organized and selected the artworks. She says the works were chosen specifically for Mohawk.

“Each piece was chosen because it reflects John and is informed by Hodinöhsö:ni’ cultural principles,” said Rickard. “I think it’s a demonstration of the impact that John and the generation of thinkers are having here at UB and that the work continues through Theresa McCarthy and the Indigenous Studies department.”

Photos: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

O’nigöëi:yo:h Thinking In Indian presents a cross-generational perspective that centers the artists’ voices around issues of country and gender, visual language and plot, and envisions the future of Hodinöhsö:ni. Each artwork is a demonstration of generational knowledge with a 21st century perspective

“It’s a privilege to be here,” said Jay Carrier (Onondaga/Tuscarora) at the July 14 exhibition opening. “So many of the artists here are the crème de la crème of the six nations.”

Carrier’s painting “Wolf Protects the Stars” is on display at the UB Anderson Gallery. The mixed media painting features a wolf standing guard against a night sky full of stars, each star representing a lost child. Between the stars is a faint outline of a mother cradling a baby.

“I enjoy championing artists who are pushing the boundaries of their chosen medium and/or those who are creating important work but are new or lesser known in their field,” said Curatorial Advisor Margaret Jacobs. “This exhibition is particularly exciting because you have Haudenosaunee voices driving the entire artistic conversation.”

Artists featured are Kat Brown Akootchook, Erin Lee Antonak, Tracey Anthony, Jay Carrier, Hannah Claus, Dawn Dark Mountain, Patricia Deadman, Elizabeth Doxtater, Katsitsionni Fox, Eric Gansworth, Ronni-Leigh Goeman, Hayden Hayes, Carla Hemlock, Barbara-Helen Hill, Carrie Hill, Dan Hill, Richard W. Hill, Sr., Stanley Hill, Sr., Karen Ann Hoffman, Melanie Hope, Alex Jacobs, Arnold Jacobs, Samantha Jacobs, G. Peter Jemison, Grant Jonathan, Peter Jones, Brandon Lazore, Ange Loft, Linley Logan, Faye Lone, George Longfish, Oren Lyons, Laticia McNaughton, Alan Michelson, Ann Mitchell, Shelley Niro, Roger Cook Parish, Erwin Printup, Jr., Erwin Printup, Sr., Luanne Redeye, Jolene Rickard , Natasha Smoke Santiago, Diane Schenandoah, Santee Smith, Samuel Thomas, Brooke Vandewalker, Marie Watt and Waylon Wilson.

Theresa McCarthy, a member of the Onondaga Nation, a citizen of the Beaver Clan of Six Nations in Ontario’s Grand River Territory, and associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Indigenous Studies, said this exhibition of contemporary Haudenosaunee art offers “an exhilarating and provocative journey ‘ commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Native American Studies at UB and the launch of the new Department of Native Studies.

“The legendary program here represented a major turning point in the field of Haudenosaunee studies, rejecting the authority of anthropologists, defying these archaic narratives, and asserting our right to speak in more meaningful ways to ourselves about our experiences, our knowledge, to speak our values ​​and aspirations. ‘ said McCarthy, who also serves as Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence at the College of Arts and Sciences.

McCarthy said she plans to continue to focus on Indigenous sovereignty, knowledge and intellectual traditions as the new department develops.

The exhibition is supported in part by the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, with additional support from the UB Department of Indigenous Studies.

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