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UB conference on indigenous communities features art exhibition, screenings

For the 12th year running, the University at Buffalo’s College of Arts and Sciences is bringing together a diverse collection of events, lectures, film screenings and exhibitions exploring the culture and concerns of indigenous communities in the United States.

The Indigenous and American Studies Storyteller’s Conference, held in honor of esteemed American Studies faculty members John Mohawk and Barry White, will kick off at 5 p.m. April 14 in the UB Department of Art gallery in the Center for the Arts with an exhibit exploring a particularly painful period in American history. “Re-Riding History: From the Southern Plains to the Matanzas Bay” features “72 works by artists responding to the experience of 72 American Indian peoples who were forcibly taken from their homes in Salt Fork, Okla., and transported by train to St. Augustine, Fla. from 1875 to 1878.”

At 6 p.m. April 14 in the gallery, Cornell University professor Jolene Rickard will give a lecture about the devastating impact of Native American residential boarding schools in Western New York.

In conjunction with the conference, University at Buffalo professor Millie Chen’s video installation “Tour,” which explores historic violence and its eventual erasure through the reclamation of nature and the passage of time, is screening in the Center for the Arts Project Space through April 16.

The conference also will feature a keynote lecture from Amanda Blackhorse, a central litigant in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s case against the Washington, D.C. football team whose name is derogatory toward Native Americans.

The exhibit openings and lecture on April 14 are free. Tickets for Saturday’s conference events are $9.09. For more information including a full list of screenings and lectures, visit gsa.buffalo.edu/amsweb/storytellers-conference.

-Colin Dabkowski

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