Survivance


Current Exhibition


Jan 21, 2017 Permanent Collection | Native American Gallery

SURVIVANCE: NATIVE NORTH AMERICAN ARTS FROM THE PAST AND PRESENT
The Anishnaabe cultural theorist Gerald Vizenor coined the term “survivance” to assert an “active sense of presence and the continuance of native stories” in a world that has suppressed Indigenous cultures. Vizenor’s purposefully ambiguous term has come to represent the work of Native cultures to survive and to resist centuries of colonization, disease, and the suppression of their languages and values.

This exhibit is curated by undergraduate students in ART317: Native North American Art, highlights the role of art in the survivance of Native North American cultures.