In Our Own Words: Native Impressions features a portfolio of twenty-six vibrantly colored printed portraits by living artists Daniel Heyman (b. 1963) and Lucy Ganje (b. 1949). The two collaborated in portraying present-day members of North Dakota Indian nations, including those around Standing Rock.
Heyman traveled to North Dakota in the summer of 2015 to begin work with Ganje on a project that chronicles the stories of individuals who live within the state’s various nations. The exhibition features each sitter’s personal oral history in his or her own words, as told to the artist while sitting for a portrait, giving voice to those historically denied a voice. Recurring motifs include climate, energy, and the legacy of boarding schools to which elder relatives were sent as forced assimilation.
The works are living testimony that Native culture is far from vanished, but rich, varied, and constantly shifting.
December 16, 2023 - March 17, 2024
Amarillo Museum of Art
2200 S Van Buren
Amarillo, TX, 79109