Lecture: Revitalizing Indigenous Arts

Lecture: Revitalizing Indigenous Arts

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 12:00pm

Wahsontiio Cross, OAG’s Assistant Curator, Touring Indigenous Projects, will explore aspects of cultural repatriation and healing in the revitalization of traditional Indigenous arts, delving deeper into the historical and cultural backgrounds of the Australian Aboriginal Possum Skin Cloak and North American Plains-style Buffalo Robe, two objects featured in Wrapped in Culture.


Wahsontiio Cross (Kanien’kehá:ka) is an artist and curator from Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, Québec. She holds an M.A. in Art History and a B.F.A. in Art History and Studio Art from Concordia University. Her research revolves around Hotinonshón:ni material culture, and she has been a research assistant with the Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Cultures (GRASAC) for over 4 years. Past exhibitions include Continuum: Abstraction in Contemporary Indigenous Art (Carleton University Art Gallery, 2016) and Home Away From Home (Ottawa Art Gallery, 2015). She is completing her PhD in Cultural Mediations at Carleton University.

 

Wrapped in Culture, Buffalo Robe on left and Possum Skin Cloak on right. Photos: Rosalie Favell.