Curated by UC San Diego students, Plains Indian ledger art exhibition at San Diego Museum of Art shares Native vision of American history

Alternative Accounts Curated by UC San Diego students, Plains Indian ledger art exhibition at San Diego Museum of Art shares Native vision of American history

By Inga Kiderra for the UC San Diego News Center on January 31, 2013

”...As their ancestral way of life disappeared, Indian artists turned from traditional painting on buffalo hide to other media, including paper...Plentiful and pretty easy to come by were ledgers, or lined accounting books of the sort that shopkeepers used to keep track of their finances. Indian artists filled these ledgers with their stories. At first, continuing in the tradition of buffalo-hide painting, the ledger drawings were representations of war heroism and sacred visions and other public status-building narratives. With time, the books began also to include more private accounts and memories – of ceremonial grandeur, of displacement and reservation life, of courtship and daily doings. Some of the depictions were somber. Some were humorous, almost slapstick...A small portion of this art and history is now on view at the San Diego Museum of Art, in an exhibition curated by 15 UC San Diego students, under the guidance of Ross Frank, associate professor of ethnic studies in the Division of Social Sciences and director of the Plains Indian Ledger Art project, or PILA...The exhibit grew out of a two-quarter course sequence taught by Frank and visual arts lecturer Terri Sowell, “Representing Native America” ...”

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