of American Indians
and Western Art
500 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2707, USA
BECOME PART OF THE SECRET
The draw of this exhibition may be
the opportunity to learn about the objects,
rather than simply to view them
Splendid Heritage: Masterpieces of the Masco Collection opens
Imagine a country in which the people of each
region spoke a different
language. Imagine that none of them had a written alphabet or
any other means of recording
words. How would those people communicate with each other?
That world was North America in the 17th century, when Native
American cultural groups
were spread from coast to coast. A "language" evolved that
relied on symbols, colors, materials
and designs to communicate information.
That language is indecipherable to many - but a visit to a
traveling exhibition at the
Eiteljorg Museum could enlighten you.
Splendid Heritage: Masterpieces of Native American Art from the
Masco Collection is an
exhibition of true art treasures, drawn from one of the most
impressive collections of Native
American material in private hands today.
The exhibition opens
at the Eiteljorg Museum of
American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis on Oct. 24.
The 42 objects are spectacularly preserved. But the major draw
of the exhibition may be
the opportunity to learn about the objects, rather than simply
to view them.
Ray Gonyea, the museum's curator of Native American art and
culture and himself a
Native American (Onondaga), wrote explanatory labels for each
piece that go beyond the usual
name, artist and date labels.
"When visitors leave this exhibition, we want them to be able
to tell the difference between
items that come from Plains and those that come from Woodland
peoples," Gonyea said.
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