Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day the Library exhibited piece of Native American art from the university’s collections. Jonathan Byrn, visiting Asst. Prof. History & Geography gave a gripping lecture on the topic of visual sovereignty. He examined aspects of indigenous identity and representation through various mediums. Byrn emphasized, “It's a way many native artists are using their art to combat negative stereotypes and misrepresentation of their cultures."
He went on to argue, “Visual Sovereignty is a small part of the larger indigenous decolonization movement, which is occurring in many different forms from language revitalization and indigenous education initiatives to economic development and native nation building.” In other words, Native American cultures are not static but constantly changing and have done so since time immemorial.
Bryn also curated an exhibit of Native American artwork. Many of the works represented a satirical twist on traditional themes from popular culture. These works demonstrate an effort by Native American artist to take back their own cultural narratives. For more information about the exhibition visit the link below.
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Jonathon Byrn, UCO History & Geography Department Visiting Scholar
Opening Reception - November 14, 2018