IARC Intern Presentations
Jennifer Himmelreich and Annie Brooke Lang, Indian Arts Research Center, SAR
Colloquium, SAR Boardroom
Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free
Challenge. Transformation. Survival. Many traditional Native American stories deal with these themes. Today, indigenous communities tell similar stories using New Media projects as extensions of the oral tradition. How are indigenous peoples using technology to address the challenges caused by historical traumas and conflicts? How are they envisioning future transformations rooted in the sustaining aspects of their languages and cultures in order to survive? Ms. Himmelreich’s presentation examines the use of New Media projects within indigenous communities, and shares both promising practices as well as ideas for thoughtful, sustainable use of the technologies that have exploded around us.
The Tesuque Rain Gods were developed in the late 19th century in response to the influx of tourists and marketing through mail order catalogs. Little research has taken place since the publication of Duane Anderson’s book, When Rain Gods Reigned in 2002. For Tesuque artist Bea Duran, who wrote the forward for Anderson’s book, creating Rain Gods is not just an art form – it is tradition. Ms. Duran believes that she may be the last artist creating these figures. If an argument is to be made that it is necessary to preserve the representations of the Rain Gods, at what point do experts acquiesce and allow for communities to create their own definitions of art and tradition? Ms. Brooke Lang will discuss this and other questions in her presentation.