illumiNATIVE: exposing colonialism and embodying sovereignty

  • Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Graham Hall + Museum of Art, 6–8 PM
  • On November 29th, 2018, the Indigenous Smith Students Alliance (ISSA) and the Latin American Students Organization (LASO), in collaboration with the Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA), welcome you to our first Unity collaboration of the academic year - illumiNATIVE: exposing colonialism and embodying sovereignty. This event will call attention to the colonial legacy of museums, highlighting settler colonialism, physical and intellectual theft, and the dehumanization of Indigenous peoples and people of color transnationally.

    Graham Hall, 6:00 PM: Keynote address by Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Jaime Arsenault that will address the intersections of settler colonial violence and Indigenous reclamation and resilience in the context of museum and archival work.

    Museum of Art, 6:50 PM: Student responses to art currently displayed in the SCMA will offer a platform for critique and healing on our paths to understanding the complexities of our physical, emotional, and intellectual sovereignty as Indigenous students and peoples in America today.