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"Powerful Images: Portrayals of Native America"
1999-08-07 until 0000-00-00
Buffalo Bill Historical Center
USA United States of America
The NEH-funded traveling exhibition Powerful Images: Portrayals of Native
America is attracting large crowds at both urban and rural venues
throughout the West and has caused many visitors to rethink their views of
American Indians. Nearly a quarter of a million people have attended the
show since its launch at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City last year.
The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming organized the
I grew up on an Indian reservation and never understood the particulars of
Indian heritage, one non-native visitor wrote in the comment book. This
show does a great job of canceling stereotypes and making them
This exhibition, a collaborative effort of the Museums West consortium, examines
ways that Native Americans have been represented both from within their own
cultures and by others. The exhibition features important examples of Native art
traditions, Euro-American art and popular culture. Through reinterpretation of familiar
imagery, the exhibition explores common perceptions of Native American peoples and
presents alternative voices.
The exhibition will be displayed at theGlenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta,
Canada from July 3 through Sept. 26, 1999, then travel to the Heard Museum in
Phoenix from Nov. 13, 1999 through March 19, 2000. It will be on view at the
Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Okla., from May 6 through July 16, 2000, and then finish
its run at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson from Oct. 8, 2000 through
Jan. 2, 2001.
To view an on-line tour of the exhibition, please click here. (this site will open in a
new browser window)