LIVE Webcast: Panel Discussion with Native Artists at National Museum of the American Indians

Indian with Coffee Cup by Gerald Cournoyer (Oglala Sioux), 36" x 48", acrylic on canvas, 2009.

Indian with Coffee Cup by Gerald Cournoyer (Oglala Sioux), 36″ x 48″, acrylic on canvas, 2009.

“Bringing It Home: Artists Reconnecting Cultural Heritage with Community”

WASHINGTON – The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC is hosting a panel of “Bringing It Home: Artists Reconnecting Cultural Heritage with Community”


Wednesday, April 9, 2014
2:00 pm to 3:30 p.m. – EDT
NMAI Mall Museum, Room 4025, Meeting Room #3

Participants in museum’s Artist Leadership Program discuss their work, their research with the Smithsonian, and their plan to share their experiences and knowledge with their community.

Moderator is Rebecca Head Trautmann, NMAI Curatorial Researcher.

Panelists include: Gerald Cournoyer (Oglala Sioux Tribe), artist medium is acrylic. Royce Manuel (Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community), artist medium is bows and arrows. Holly Nordlum (Inupiaq), artist medium is printmaking and Nathalie Picard (Huron-Wendat Nation), artist medium is American Indian flute, storytelling and singing and Cuban jazz.

This is a great opportunity to hear from Native artists from Alaska, Quebec, Arizona, and South Dakota. They will share power point presentation about themselves, discuss their artwork, their community projects, and reflect upon their NMAI research experience.

Holly Mititquq Nordlum is an Inupiaq artist from Alaska whose artistic medium is printmaking and her community affiliation is the Alaska Native Village of Kotzebue.  Holly desires to research printmaking of the major Native groups in Alaska and Canadian Inuit. Holly is looking to share her research experience with after school K – 12 Alaskan Native students in Anchorage in collaboration with the Alaskan Native Heritage Center and The Anchorage School District. Holly will instruct the students in techniques of screen printing and help them use their own designs to speak about culture and what they can embrace in their own lives to keep them connected and thriving.

Nathalie Picard lives in Oregon but is from the Huron-wendat Nation in Quebec, Canada, and is a professional Native flute player, storyteller and singer. Nathalie hopes to research material related to Iroquoian music, song recordings, transcriptions, and Iroquoian musical instruments. Nathalie is looking forward to sharing her research experience with youth from her village and teach them songs, compose new songs with Wendat words with the use of traditional rattles, or drums, to show them how they could link tradition with their modern environment to express themselves today. Nathalie strongly believes that learning the traditional songs and creating new songs in the Wendat language could help the youth regain their heritage and make them feel good about themselves.

Royce Manuel is from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Arizona and is focused on enhancing the education about the bows and arrows of his community. Royce not only will study the physical objects of the bow and arrow of his community but will also focus on creating family tools, or heirlooms, that are created by males through the process of selection, harvesting, and shaping of wood to create fully functioning bow and arrow sets. Royce is inspired to understand what it means to be Auk-Murl Aw-Thum, or “River People”, and a need for fulfilling his responsibility that include recreating the tools of yesterday using authentic materials and methods, recording events of the people, learning to make bows and arrows, water canteens, traditional sandals from agave fiber, and three-hole flutes.

Gerald Cournoyer works with acrylic and is from the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. Gerald is also interested in addressing the issues of empowerment, increasing self-confidence and self-esteem in his reservation male population by allowing the opportunity for reservation participants to work with their hands with wood or clay in the process of collecting, heating and creating pottery. Through Gerald’s time at the Smithsonian he hope to research traditional symbols, mythological and cosmological designs and share with the elders of his community for greater understanding in his goal to revitalize Lakota pottery.

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