Museum Exhibit Showcases Native Art Through Lens of Colonization

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A new traveling exhibit will be on display at the University of Alaska Museum of the North starting February 10th, and running until September.
The exhibit, called "De-colonizing Alaska" features the art of more than 30 Native and non-Native artists commenting of the trials of colonization in Alaska since first contact in the 17-hundreds.
The pieces were originally on display in the Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer before travelling to Juneau and Washington DC.
The exhibit will show artwork containing a combination of traditional native materials and modern technology, as well as Native cultural ideals combined with western traditions.
Curator of the Bunnell Street Arts Center, Asia Freeman, says the exhibit is a representation of artists who self-identify with the concept of de-colonizing Alaska.
Asia Freeman; Curator, Bunnell Street Arts Center>>: "When it really comes down to it artists have very expansive ideas about their own identities, and they are making these objects to tell complex and really nuanced stories about who they are and where they come from. As people who might be, as Linda Lyons says about her piece, she's the colonizer and the colonized. She is Alutiiq origin and Estonian origin, so that goes back to the conquest."