Western Md. College to show Native American art Exhibit features late 19th-century work

October 04, 1992

Native American art from the Western Maryland College collection will be displayed beginning Tuesday in the second Gallery One exhibition of the 1992-93 season.

A variety of late 19th-century art will be on display, including a Blackfoot ceremonial deerskin outfit, Zui water pots and Papago baskets.

The college is especially proud of its collection of eight Navajo blankets, which are regularly on display in the library. Most of the collection was donated to Western Maryland.

A reception will be held on opening day from 7 to 9 p.m. The series is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on the Hoover Library's third floor, on the west side of the building. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Curator for the exhibition is WMC senior Steven Stricker, a history and art history major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Stricker of Finksburg. Steven Stricker is cataloging the collection as part of an art history project.

The exhibition will be on display through Oct. 23.

Three nationally known authorities on Native American cultures will discuss the economic status of the hemisphere's indigenous peoples on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Western Maryland's McDaniel Lounge.

The discussion, "The Economic Legacy: Indigenous American Aspirations and Realities," will be free and open to the public.

The event is part of the college's two-year series, "The Legacy of Columbus: Indigenous Perspectives," commemorating the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World.

Panelists will be:

* Suzan Shown Harjo, director of the Morning Star Foundation for Native American cultural rights and arts advocacy. Ms. Harjo is national coordinator of the 1992 Alliance, an indigenous education group focusing on Quincentenary issues.

Ms. Harjo also was special assistant to the Office of the Secretary of the Interior in the Carter administration. She has been active in federal issues affecting indigenous Americans for the past 18 years.

* Patricia King, program specialist in the Office of Administration for Native Americans, an agency of the federal Department of Health and Human Services. She previously wa director of the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs.

* Emelio Betances, professor of Latin American studies at Gettysburg College and director of the college's Latin American Studies Program. He is active in seminars on indigenous Americans.

Each panelist will present a brief statement on the economic status of indigenous Americans, then discuss related issues with fellow panelists. Afterward, the audience will be invited to offer questions and comments.

"Indigenous Perspectives" is sponsored by the Cross Cultural Exchange Program at Western Maryland College in conjunction with the Carroll County Public Library, the Westminster Chapter of the American Association of University Women, the Women's Club of Westminster, and United Church of Christ, Catoctin Association.

Panel discussions, films, lectures and exhibitions are scheduled through spring.

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