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Discuss Unsettling Native Art Histories on the Northwest Coast with editors Dr. Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse and Dr. Aldona Jonaitis

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This two-part event session features editors Dr. Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse and Dr. Aldona Jonaitis discussing thier new book Unsettling Native Art Histories on the Northwest Coast. Moderated by Dr. Lane Eagles, Associate Curator at Bellevue Arts Museum.

On January 28th 12:00pm - 1:00pm PST Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse and Aldona Jonaitis, editors of Unsettling Native Art Histories on the Northwest Coast, will give a talk about their book, followed by Q&A led by Lane Eagles.

On January 28th 5:00pm - 6:00pm PST Lily Hope and Ishmael Hope, featured artists and contributors to Unsettling Native Art Histories on the Northwest Coast, will give a decolonial arts talk and Indigenous Arts demonstration, followed by Q&A led by Lane Eagles.

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The Arts Leadership Book Club features interdisciplinary workshops, each tied to an academic or popular book and led by a faculty member, that expand engagements with professional development, intersectionality, and equity in the arts sector such as arts leadership strategies, people of color-led ensemble work, and decolonial approaches to arts & gentrification. Hosted at Seattle University, the Book Club is influenced by the Ignatian Pedagogy Paradigm, with space for engaging experience, reflection, and action to produce a more equitable arts sector. Each session is structured with the assumption that participants have read the book (or an excerpt) prior to attending, and are interested in connections in the book to self, to arts leadership, and to change.

The Arts Leadership community is invited to participate in our second annual book club series, supported by the . The series will provide space to dive deeper into one's process and positionality as an intersectional art leader. Learn more about the Arts Leadership book club by visiting the Lemieux Library Arts Leadership Book Club Library Guide. The 2020-21 theme is Anti-Racist and Decolonial Arts in Seattle.

Unsettling Native Art Histories on the Northwest Coast description: Inseparable from its communities, Northwest Coast art functions aesthetically and performatively beyond the scope of non-Indigenous scholarship, from demonstrating kinship connections to manifesting spiritual power. Contributors to this volume foreground Indigenous understandings in recognition of this rich context and its historical erasure within the discipline of art history.

By centering voices that uphold Indigenous priorities, integrating the expertise of Indigenous knowledge holders about their artistic heritage, and questioning current institutional practices, these new essays “unsettle” Northwest Coast art studies. Key themes include discussions of cultural heritage protections and Native sovereignty; re-centering women and their critical role in transmitting cultural knowledge; reflecting on decolonization work in museums; and examining how artworks function as living documents. The volume exemplifies respectful and relational engagement with Indigenous art and advocates for more accountable scholarship and practices.

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