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Ethical Stewardship of Indigenous Collections

A collection of numbered  arrowheads awaits cataloguing
March 11, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
James Watrous Gallery • Overture Center for the Arts, 3rd floor • Madison
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm


James Watrous Gallery
201 State St Overture Center for the Arts, 3rd floor
53703 Madison , WI

A conversation in the gallery centered on the ethics of collecting and exhibiting artifacts from Indigenous cultures. Following a poetry reading by Kim Blaeser, Blaeser and Kendra Greendeer will share their thoughts about the cultural significance of the Native American objects in the exhibition, changing attitudes about their place in public collections, and the challenge of ethical stewardship.

The Collections & Connections exhibition includes the following objects, which represent the archeological interests of early Wisconsin Academy members Increase Lapham and Charles Brown.

  • Cast-iron effigy mound models based on Increase Lapham's original papier-mache versions, from the Wisconsin Historical Museum collections. These were produced after Lapham's death for display at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. 
  • A gorget, stone adze and ax, copper awl, and pottery shards, many of which were excavated by Charles Brown in the late 19th- or early 20th century, also from the Wisconsin Historical Museum. Based on Brown’s history, these are likely from sites associated with the Forest County Potawatomi, Menominee, or Ho Chunk Nations.
  • A collection of Native American projectile points from near Valton and Baraboo, framed in the late 19th- or early 20th century and lent by Sauk County Historical Society.

Free and open to the public with advance registration. 

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Kimberly Blaeser is a poet, photographer, and scholar. A former Wisconsin Poet Laureate from 2015–2016, Blaeser is currently a Professor of English and Indigenous Studies at UW—Milwaukee and an MFA faculty member for the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.

Kendra Greendeer (Ho-Chunk) is a PhD candidate in Art History with a focus on contemporary Native women artists, the transformation of spaces, and decolonial museum practices. Her recent curatorial and academic work encompasses Native American arts and history of the United States.

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1922 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53726
Phone: 608.733.6633


James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608.733.6633 x25