Protection: Adaptation and Resistance centers Indigenous ways of knowing. Working within intergenerational learning groups and as collaborators in vibrant community networks, Alaska’s Indigenous artists invigorate traditional stories and propose resilient new futures through design, tattoo, regalia, and graphic arts. The projects featured in this exhibition elevate collaboration, allyship, and community as tools of resistance, adaptation, and cultural affirmation. The exhibition explores three themes: Land and Culture Protectors, Activists for Justice and Well-being, and Sovereignty and Resilient Futures.
Our lifeways, material culture, and protocols serve as armor to resist efforts to exterminate us. They are rooted in the power to unite and create space for all people. When we break down the efforts of those who work to silo, segregate, and discriminate, there is space for all people and all living things. — Joel Isaak (Dena’ina)
Protection: Adaptation and Resistance is a project of the Bunnell Street Art Center in Homer, Alaska. Made possible, in part, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The CIRI Foundation, Alaska Community Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, and Alaska Humanities Forum
Opening reception: Sunday, December 3, 2023, 1-4pm
Top left: Dimi Macheras (Ahtna) and Casey Silver, Chickaloonies, 2019, Seattle, Washington. Digital illustration on aluminum from graphic novel.
Bottom left: Various artists (Lingít), Kaxhatjaa X’óow / Herring Protectors, 2019, Sheet’ká Kwáan (Sitka, Alaska). Wool felt, silk parachute fabric, metallic fabrics, ribbon, mother-of-pearl buttons, akoya shell buttons, abalone shell buttons, dime buttons. Photo by Caitlin Blaisdell
Right: Amber Webb (Yup’ik), detail of Memorial Qaspeq, 2018-2022, Curyung (Dillingham, Alaska). Ink on cotton muslin.