PENDLETON — Tamástslikt Cultural Institute will open the “Savages And Princesses: The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes” exhibit on Friday. Admission on opening day is free. The show runs through Oct. 19 and is presented by Catholic Health Initiatives St. Anthony Hospital and Mahoney Group.
Stereotypes of Native American peoples are ubiquitous and familiar. The exhibition brings together 13 contemporary Native American visual artists who reclaim their right to represent their identities as Native Americans.
Using humor, subtlety or irony, the telling is fiercely honest and dead-on, according to a release. Images and styles are created from traditional, contemporary, and mass culture forms.
The exhibition intends to counteract the disappearance of Native portrayals. It embraces Native Americans’ power to replace stereotypical images that permeate the current pop culture landscape. Recognizing that stereotypes often occur without conscious awareness, the exhibition includes didactic information that explores common stereotypes about Native peoples that are falsehoods, followed by the truths behind them.
Exhibition curator America Meredith said American society has great difficulty acknowledging its past with Native peoples or allowing them visibility in the present. The exhibition’s artists use the unexpected — humor, emotion, or shock — to encourage viewers to question and challenge stereotypes, even unspoken, unacknowledged ones.
Artists represented are: Matthew Bearden (Citizen Potawatomi-Kickapoo-Blackfeet-Lakota) mixed media artist, painter, Tulsa, Okla.; Heidi BigKnife (Shawnee Tribe), jeweler, Tulsa, Okla.; Mel Cornshucker (United Keetoowah Band), ceramic artist, Tulsa, Okla.; Tom Farris (Otoe-Missouria-Cherokee), mixed media artist, Norman, Okla.; Anita Fields (Osage-Muscogee), ceramic artist, Stillwater, Okla.; Kenny Glass (Wyandotte-Cherokee), textile artist, regalia maker, Tahlequah, Okla.; Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee), photographer, Tulsa, Okla.; Juanita Pahdopony (Comanche), sculptor, Lawton, Okla.; K.H. Poole (Caddo-Delaware), draftsperson, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Zach Presley (Chickasaw), collage and digital artist, Durant, Okla.; Hoka Skenandore (Oneida-Oglala Lakota-Luiseño), mixed media artist, Shawnee, Okla.; Karin Walkingstick (Cherokee Nation), ceramic artist, Claremore, Okla.; and Micah Wesley (Muscogee-Kiowa), mixed media artist, Norman, Okla.
For more information, see tamastslikt.org. Tamástslikt is at 47106 Wildhorse Boulevard at the far end of the main driveway of the Wildhorse Resort & Casino, 10 minutes east of Pendleton.