We Are Not a Costume

“We Are Not A Costume” addresses and dismantles stereotypes forged by mainstream society regarding Native individuals of this country, USA. This educational exhibition strives to present a complex understanding of the diversity of Native American cultures, as well as dispel the misrepresentation of Native regalia and jewelry often seen as costumes in film and other media. Each piece of art: beaded, woven, sewn, painted or collaged, represents a prayer of hope and healing. While honoring ancestors and celebrating future generations, the exhibit recognizes the Native American population, its struggles with displacement, assimilation, and genocide. The collection aims to disseminate a culture’s indigenous knowledge and reclaim a passion for their heritage.

Curators: Ainihkiwa Barr and Carolyn Ho

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