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Grand Procession: Dolls from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection !

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  • ghwelker
    http://nmai.si.edu/explore/exhibitions/item/683/ Press Release Flickr Photoset Grand Procession celebrates Native identity through 23 colorful and meticulously
    Message 1 of 35 , Apr 19 6:05 AM
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    Grand Procession celebrates Native identity through 23 colorful and meticulously detailed objects that are much more than dolls. Traditionally made by female relatives using buffalo hair, hide, porcupine quills, and shells, figures like these have long served as both toys and teaching tools for American Indian communities. Outfitted in intricate regalia, these dolls—on loan from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection—represent Plains and Plateau tribes and the work of five artists: Rhonda Holy Bear (Cheyenne River Lakota), Joyce Growing Thunder (Assiniboine/Sioux), Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty (Assiniboine/Sioux), Jessa Rae Growing Thunder (Assiniboine/Sioux), and Jamie Okuma (Luiseño and Shoshone-Bannock). Their superb craftsmanship and attention to detail imbue these figures with a remarkable presence and power, turning a centuries-old tradition into a contemporary art form.


    Rhonda Holy Bear (Cheyenne River Lakota), Maternal
    Journey
    (detail), 2010. Wood, hide, cloth, paint, glass
    eads, hair, shell, metal. Photo by Mark Damon, courtesy of the artist.



    The Grand Procession: Dolls from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection catalogue highlights the work of five award-winning Native American women artists—Rhonda Holy Bear (Lakota), Jamie Okuma (Luiseño), and the Growing Thunder family (Assiniboine-Sioux): Joyce Growing Thunder, her daughter Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty, and granddaughter, Jessica Growing Thunder.
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