Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now
August 29, 2019 – January 12, 2020
The Nasher Museum presents Kindship & Belonging, an interactive feature on a 20-foot wall in the museum’s Great Hall, created in conjunction with the major fall exhibition, Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now.
Visitors are invited to ponder these questions and use them as a starting point to learn more about the Indigenous peoples who live and work in North Carolina.
Special thanks to our Native colleagues around North Carolina for their guidance on Kinship & Belonging: Dawn Arneach (Eastern Band of Cherokee), Danny Bell (Lumbee/Coharie), Nancy Strickland Fields (Lumbee), Jane Haladay, Mary Ann Jacobs (Lumbee), Malinda Maynor Lowery (Lumbee), Robin Swayney (Eastern Band of Cherokee) and Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote (Kiowa).
ANSWER: North Carolina is home to the largest Indigenous population in the eastern United States.
ANSWER: 122,110, according to the most recent U.S. Census data
ANSWER: More than 12,000 years
ANSWER: One – The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
ANSWER: Seven – Coharie, Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee, Meherrin, Occaneechi Band of the Saponi, Sappony and Waccamaw Siouan. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is the only federally recognized tribe in North Carolina.
ANSWER: The Cherokee Industrial School
ANSWER: The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina has more than 55,000 members.
ANSWER: Robeson County
ANSWER: The Cherokee Nation
ANSWER: The North Carolina curriculum teaches the history of Native American peoples in the 4th grade. However, in tribal communities the education continues daily.
ANSWER: Turtle Island is a Native American and First Nations name for the Earth or North America.