The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will host its first major exhibition of Native American jewelry, Totems to Turquoise: Native North American Jewelry Arts of the Northwest and Southwest, May 12-Aug. 12.
The exhibit was organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York and features nearly 500 pieces of historic and contemporary jewelry and artifacts that celebrate the beauty, power and symbolism of Native American arts in the Northwest and Southwest regions. Native tribes in the Northwest that are represented include Haida, Kwakwaka’wakw and Tlingit, and the American Southwest includes Apache, Navajo and Hopi.
The work from Northwest Coast tribes uses more fluid sculptural forms as seen in imagery displayed in totem poles, while Southwestern artists typically use strong colors and angular geometry as seen in their use of turquoise.
Special events will take place in conjunction with the exhibit. May 11-13, Gene Waddell, whose family has been in Indian arts and jewelry trading for more than 60 years, will hold a turquoise jewelry trunk show at the museum. On May 12 at 12:30 p.m., Waddell will present “Turquoise 101,” an opportunity to learn everything you ever wanted to know about turquoise jewelry. Also on May 12, Louis Sherr Dubin, author and co-curator of Totems to Turquoise, will explore Native American adornment throughout history.
For more programming information, call the Eiteljorg in White River State Park at 317-636-WEST or go to www.eiteljorg.org.