Powwow And Exhibit At UNH
Native American Art From New England
Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations
Sept. 20, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. -- The University
of New Hampshire Museum in Dimond Library will host an exhibit,
“We’re Still Here: Contemporary Native American Art
from New England,” beginning Sept. 24, 2005. The exhibit highlights
the work of artisans participating in a Powwow on the campus Sept.
24 and 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days in the field at the
corner of Mast Road and Spinney Lane, on the west end of campus.
The Powwow is sponsored by the UNH
Parents Association, the UNH Native American Cultural Association,
of Multicultural Student Affairs, the Office
of the Vice President for Student and Academic Services, and
the offices of the provost
and the chancellor.
A tie to the past that helps maintain Native American heritage,
the Powwow is a spiritual tradition and a time for Indian families
to gather with friends. Both the Powwow and the exhibit are free
and open to the public
Professor Siobhan Senier, program coordinator for the American Studies
program at UNH, and Dale Valena, curator of the UNH Museum, said
the long-term goal of the student-run and student-organized Powwow
and museum exhibit is to create a league of indigenous New England
artisans and help remind people that Native American are still in
New England, still active and still modernizing. Although there
are no federally recognized tribes in New Hampshire or Vermont,
the area has traditionally been home to the Abenaki.
The Powwow will feature dance competitions, an explanation of the
regalia in the Grand Entry, food, and Native American artisans demonstrating
pottery, basket making and flute making.
“Powwows are for the public,” Senier said. “They
are a chance for Native American people to get together and teach
others about their traditions. Education is so important, because
many people think Indians are gone from the state.”
The exhibit, which runs until Dec. 22, 2005, will feature the work
of regional artists with an array of different pieces made with
traditional methods and various traditional and contemporary materials,
meant to emphasize the Native American connection to the land. The
museum exhibit will open at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 24, after the conclusion
of the Powwow.
For further information on the Powwow, contact Siobhan Senier, American
Studies Program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (603) 862-2466. For further information on the UNH Museum exhibit,
contact Dale Valena, curator, email@example.com
or (603) 862-1081.