The Emergence of the American Indian Art Community of Chicago

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

5:30 - 6:30 pm


Cheryl Cash, Bowling Green State University
Center for American Indian Studies Programs
American Indian Studies Seminar Series

An excerpt from a chapter of my dissertation (in progress), which explores the ways in which the cultural productions of the arts have contributed to the persistence of a Chicago American Indian community, this essay is an introduction to that community from a multidisciplinary perspective. Chicago was an intertribal urban Indian community before the formal incorporation of the city. Tracing the history of that native community from 1795 to the present reflects the shifting demographics of the Indigenous residents of the city as Native peoples responded to efforts at removal, marginalization, and assimilation with acts of community building that include art.

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