Module 2 – Post 3 (Remix: New Modernities in a Post Indian World)

Remix: New Modernities in a Post Indian World is an exhibit curated by artists Joe Baker (Delaware) and Gerald McMaster (Plains Cree).  Featuring Indigenous artists from all over the western hemisphere, the exhibition focuses on creating works that challenge identity. They distinguish their views on identity by removing the focus of tribalism and  emphasizing the fact that they are living in a post tribalism world. With a post-modernist world view, these artists challenge traditional representations by focusing on other aspects of their identity outside of placed based knowledge. Their aim is to reconstruct or remix a multitude of experiences to form a more individually constructed concept of being Indigenous. For the most part, they do not believe that tribalism fits their experience in a globalized technically connected world. Hence their usage of “Post Indian World”.

It is important to note that this exhibition is produced by the non-Indigenous organizations: National Museum of the American Indian  and Heard Museum. In my opinion these organizations websites describe Indigenous culture as a singular entity. The reason I posted this resource is so that people are able to compare the remix process of identity when it is set within the context of settler focused institutions. I find it interesting that individuality is stressed and Indigenous tribalisms are described in the past tense.

 

 

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