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Rosebud Sioux to be featured at collaborative exhibit


May 1, 2007

The Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University is collaborating with the Guilford Native American Art Gallery in Greensboro to present the exhibit, "Rosebud Sioux: A Lakota People in Transition,” from June 17 to Aug. 18

Featuring historical photographs of Native Americans by Swedish pioneer photographer John Anderson, the exhibit highlights the cultural transition of the Sicangu Lakota people on the Rosebud reservation from the late 19th century into the 21st century. 

It will also feature other photographs by contemporary photographers, detailed biographical information on Anderson’s life as a pioneer photographer, the life stories of some of the Rosebud Sioux he photographed and their descendants as well as traditional Sioux objects on loan from the McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee. 

The Museum of Anthropology and the Guilford Native American Art Gallery will divide the exhibit, which is too large for either to display in its entirety, and will promote a series of public programs in conjunction with the exhibit. 

According to Stephen Whittington, director of the Museum of Anthropology, the exhibit has Piedmont ties because linguists have determined that prior to European contact, many Native American groups in the Piedmont spoke Siouan languages that belong to the same family as Lakota.

"This fascinating exhibit is not simply a display of prints of people frozen in time,” said Whittington.  “It brings the Sicangu Lakota people of Rosebud forward in time to the present day.”

Organized by Claes H. Jacobson and Eva Anderson of the Swedish Pioneer Historical Society, the exhibit first opened in August 1986 in Falkenberg, Sweden, the birthplace of Anderson.  Since then, it has been seen by more than 1.5 million people in Europe and the United States.

The major programs to be held in conjunction with the exhibit will include the following:

June 17, 2 p.m., Exhibit Opening and Reception, Guilford Native American Art Gallery.  The opening will feature a gallery talk by Jacobson and a performance by Osceola Red Shirt, a Lakota traditional dancer, storyteller and singer from Burlington.

June 18, 7:30 p.m., Exhibit Opening, Museum of Anthropology.  The opening will feature a research presentation and oral history by Jacobson and a performance by Osceola Red Shirt.

Weeks of June 18, June 25 and July 9, 9 a.m. - noon, “Home on the Plains” Summer Camps, Museum of Anthropology.   Three week-long summer camps will be offered for children who have completed grades 1 - 5 that will focus on the Rosebud Sioux.  Campers will learn through art, stories, games and the exhibit’s photographs and objects about the traditional and contemporary culture of the Lakota people.

July 21, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., Native American Family Day, Museum of Anthropology.  The event will feature Native American stories, games, dances, crafts, music, food, face painting and films presented by participants representing diverse peoples currently living in North Carolina:  Lumbee, Navajo, Sioux, Coharie, Mohawk and Haliwa-Saponi.  Three films will be shown:  “Live and Remember,” “Crow Dog’s Paradise” and “Coming to Light.”

July 22, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., Native American Festival, Guilford Native American Art Gallery.  The events featured at the July 21 Family Day will be repeated.

July 26, 7:30 p.m., Lecture: Native American Cultural Continuity with Peter Wood, Museum of Anthropology.  Wood, a professor of history at Duke University, will discuss Native American cultural continuity and renewal in the face of destructive and aggressive imperial encroachments by Europeans.

July 27, 7:30 p.m.  Lecture: Native American Cultural Continuity with Peter Wood, Guildford Native American Art Gallery.  Wood will repeat his lecture.

The Museum of Anthropology is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Admission is free.  Call (336) 758-5282 or visit wfu.edu/moa for more information.

The Guilford Native American Art Gallery, located in the Greensboro Cultural Center at 200 N. Davie Street, Greensboro, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (until 7 p.m. on Wednesday) and Sunday 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Admission is free. Contact the gallery at (336) 273-6605 or www.guilfordnative.org/pages/gnnagallery.html for tours, special presentations and for more information.

The exhibit is supported financially by the North Carolina Arts Council, Western Carolina University’s Culturally Based Native Health Program and Volvo Trucks North America in Greensboro.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


This photograph of Bryant High Horse will be on display this summer at the Museum of Anthropology.
This photograph of Bryant High Horse will be on display this summer at the Museum of Anthropology.
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John Anderson's photograph of High Horse is part of the exhibit "Rosebud Sioux: A Lakota People in Transition" at Wake Forest.
John Anderson's photograph of High Horse is part of the exhibit "Rosebud Sioux: A Lakota People in Transition" at Wake Forest.
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