Admiration/Appropriation: Native Art Globalized

Adrienne Keene, EdD candidate, Harvard University; blogger, Native Appropriations

IARC Speaker Series, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Meem Auditorium

Thursday, May 23, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

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Fascination with Native cultures and aesthetics has become increasingly globalized over the last century. Most recently, appropriations of Navajo designs have prompted the tribal government to issue cease and desist letters to an American fashion-forward retailer. When does admiration cross the line into appropriation?

This lecture is part of the 2013 Speaker Series of the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research. The series, titled Ethics, Aesthetics, and Preservation of the Arts, is geared toward individuals and institutions interested in collecting and working with cultural materials. Speakers will delve into the various legal and ethical issues surrounding art collecting and preservation, and offer some best-practice guidelines.

Adrienne Keene (Cherokee) is a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her academic research focuses on college access for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students and the role of precollege access programs in student success. She is also interested in issues of sovereignty and self-determination in indigenous education. Outside of the classroom, she is a blogger and activist on issues of Native representation and cultural appropriation. Her blog, Native Appropriations has received over 1.3 million page views. Keene’s work has been featured on Al Jazeera, Current TV, Indian Country Today, E! online, Racialicious, Sociological Images, Jezebel, Native Peoples Magazine, and others.

Listen to excerpt of Adrienne Keene’s lecture

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