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A new traveling exhibition of some of the best contemporary Native American artworks of the past 25 years, Native Art Now!, opens Nov. 11-12 at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. The field of contemporary Native art takes center stage in Indianapolis as the exhibit opening coincides with a convening of leading Native artists, scholars and others for roundtable discussions, accompanied by a Native Art Now! television documentary and book.

As both a retrospective celebration and a summit meeting for influencers in contemporary art, Native Art Now! will promote appreciation for today’s Native art and artists, and generate dialogue about the current state of the field and its future challenges. The exhibition features 39 iconic works of Native art that the museum acquired primarily through its Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, including installations, paintings, prints, sculptures and glass and fabric art. Visually compelling works from artists Truman Lowe, Allan Houser, Kay WalkingStick, Meryl McMaster and Nicholas Galanin among others will be on view in the special exhibition gallery that opens to visitors Saturday, Nov. 11.

READ: Enlightening Exhibition of Nation’s Best Contemporary Native Art Opens Nov. 11 – 12 – Native News Online

Todd Coon and his sister Patsy were “scooped” by child welfare authorities when they were just toddlers in the wake of a 1966 Winnipeg house fire.

READ: ‘I thought I was alone’: Sixties scoop survivors gather in Ottawa | Ottawa Citizen


  1. The adoption issue is an interesting one. Many authorities over here do not allow adoption of one race by another, although fostering is encouraged. Past mistakes of the adoption of Chinese babies into British culture have had later repercussions, as children found it hard to be fully accepted by either part of those communities.
    For myself, I have always thought that love should be the driving factor. If a child feels truly loved, then surely they can overcome these societal differences? Maybe that doesn’t work for everyone, I have no personal experience.

    The art exhibition looks excellent, thanks for bringing us those examples.

    Have a great weekend.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • Well Pete, there is lots of history about the taking of Native children which was intended to erase their culture and more. I have done five books about what the governments in North America did. And believe me, it had nothing to do with love. You have a great weekend too!

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  2. There is so much to be savored in Native art — old or new. I think it is shameful that we do not see the new as often as the old…Perhaps it makes it easier to erase a people when the suggestion is that they are culturally impotent. And is THAT an underestimation! Thank you for standing up and being counted…

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  3. I just watched a documentary called Mankiller for the ImagiNative film festival, upcoming in Toronto – also about a chief (wilma mankiller) who was enormously influential and she also seemed to eventually lose to that notion of being too well known. Really interesting portrait.

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