This Is Not A Snake and The One Who Balances, Cannupa Hanska Luger
Every One, Cannupa Hanska Luger
Each/Other, Marie Watt & Cannupa Hanska Luger
Marie Watt’s Sewing Circle Patchwork Quilt
Exhibition Entrance
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Creativity, ingenuity and inclusiveness of two renowned Native American artists

The exhibition aptly named Each/Other at the Denver Art Museum was devoted to the creativity, ingenuity, and inclusiveness of two renowned Native American artists, Marie Watt (she from the Seneca tribe) and Cannupa Hanska Luger (he a Sioux).

There may have been fierce rivalry between tribes in the 1800s, but these two artists are the personification of mutual concerns.

Both indigenous artists collaborated to build a mammoth seated wolf-like creature, entirely covered in colourful bandanas donated by Native Americans from across the country, who hand-embroidered positive messages on each one. 

These two socially engaged artists certainly presented quite a different kind of image than the expected norm. No beaded moccasins, feathered headdresses or buckskin clothing was on display. But a thought-provoking selection of powerful statements in support of togetherness and inclusion.

Text Sandi Butchkiss / Photos Cliff Shaffran