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AETN features contemporary Native American artwork exhibit, schedules gallery talk

Posted 08 Jun 2009

AETN partnered with the University of Arkansas at Little Rocks Sequoyah Research Center for the exhibit, which features Native American paintings, drawings, sculptures, pottery and beadwork from the Dr. J.W. Wiggins Collection of Contemporary Native American Art.

The collection, which began when Wiggins first visited the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, Okla., in late summer 1974, includes art from tribal groups in Oklahoma and the Southern Plains, continuing up the Northern Plains into Canadian prairies, the Canadian Woodlands and the Arctic.

Wiggins chose to focus on artists from the heartland rather than art from Southwestern Pueblos or the Northwest Costal areas. The Central areas chosen were less frequently collected and studied by art historians when the collection began in the mid-1970s. Through the years Wiggins determined that the art must be dated after 1940; no piece was to be older than the collector.

Wiggins will share the stories behind the collection during the gallery talk on June 13.

Also on display are hand-selected artifacts from the Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Woodland and Mississippian eras of Arkansas's rich Native American history on loan from the University of Arkansass Museum Collection.

This exhibit is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., throughout June.

For more information, contact Dan Koops, AETN Outreach Producer, at 501-682-4131 or

We Shall Remain highlights the complicated and evolving relationship between Americas Native and non-Native peoples. Beginning with the story of the Wampanoag and the English Pilgrims in 17th century New England, the series traces Native history through the 1973 siege of Wounded Knee. From Tecumseh, the inspirational Shawnee strategist, to the controversial Apache leader Geronimo, We Shall Remain offers insight into the perspective of several of Americas Native groups and the inspiring personas who led them.

AETN was one 15 stations chosen to create a community outreach initiative in conjunction with We Shall Remain. The network produced Arkansass First People, a corresponding five-part series that explores the impact Native Americans have had and still have on the Natural State. From the ancient mound cultures to the sovereign nations of neighboring Oklahoma, Arkansass First People offers the Native perspective as it pertains to Arkansass heritage.

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