“The World Is Following Its People”: Indigenous Art and Arctic Ecology


Sep 5, 2018 to Dec 7, 2018
12:00 PM until 05:00 PM

This event occurs weekly, on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


In recent years, the Arctic has occupied a central place in urgent climate change discussions. However, the Indigenous peoples of the region have long understood the need to respect an interconnected environment; they recognize that the land, ocean and atmosphere respond to human behavior. The prints, drawings, stone sculptures, woven baskets, bone carvings and handmade dolls on display in this exhibition demonstrate these values and beliefs.

Inuit artists of northern Canada and Yup’ik artists of Alaska created the materials on view during the late 20th century. In this period, Indigenous communities suffered from the collapse of the fur trade, newly introduced diseases, missionary activities, and government policies of assimilation that pressured them to move into permanent settlements and participate in a wage economy. By producing their art for global sale, these communities established both a source of income and a means of expressing the resilience of their cultural and environmental knowledge.

This exhibition was curated from the permanent Museums Collections at the University of Delaware during an art history graduate seminar taught by Dr. Jessica Horton in the Spring 2018 semester. The members of the curatorial collective are Meghan Angelos, Elizabeth Humphrey, Sara McNamara, Ramey Mize, Victoria Sunnergren, Rebeccah Swerdlow, Zoe Weldon-Yochim and Zoë Wray.

For more information about hours and programming, visit library.udel.edu/special/.


Image caption: Qavavau Manumie, Birds Holding World, Moon, c. 1988-2000. Crayon and marker on paper. Museums collections, gift of Frederick and Lucy S Herman. Reproduced with the permission of Dorset Fine Arts.




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