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Hodinöhsö:ni’ Resurgence: Marie Watt, Calling Back, Calling Forward

Tue, Aug 9 - Mon, Oct 31
All Day
Free
The Buffalo History Museum • One Museum Court, Buffalo 14216

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The Buffalo History Museum is pleased to present “Hodinöhsö:ni’ Resurgence: Marie Watt, Calling Back, Calling Forward,” which runs from July 13– October 31, 2022.

Celebrated artist Marie Watt (Hodinöhsö:ni’, Seneca Nation) has roots in the Buffalo area. Her family grew up in Cattaraugus territories, now part of Seneca Nation. In this exhibition, Watt and a co-creative team are testing the possibilities of Indigenous “resurgence,” the action of reestablishing Indigenous power and presence, at the museum. At the center of the exhibit are a selection from Watt’s diverse beadworks, textile works, and sculpture, as well as important objects from Seneca history. The exhibit will ask guests to consider the relationship of the museum to Indigenous communities and seek to facilitate Indigenous re-empowerment.   

 

Additionally, for this exhibition, Watt designed a 24-foot-long neon sign on the rear façade of the Buffalo History Museum bearing the name of Nancy Bowen (Hodinöhsö:ni’, Cayuga), who was the subject of an controversial homicide trial in Buffalo in 1930. Watt’s neon sign invites us into the museum to learn about Bowen and Hodinöhsö:ni’ life from a Hodinöhsö:ni’ perspective. Moreover, it furthers Watt’s interest in neon signage as an opportunity to spark learning by bringing important words and names from Indigenous languages and experiences to vibrant attention. Bowen’s name, as a glowing marquee, may bring us to recall Indigenous activists who defended her name in 1930, or call us forward in time, to the contemporary #sayhername movement.

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