The Whitney Biennial 2017 opened up for the public on March 17th. This gallery will be up until June, despite the controversy currently surrounding one of the pieces of artwork. This specific piece of art is an abstract painting called “Open Casket” depicting Emmett Till in his coffin. The majority of the controversy that seems […]Read more "Reflection: Whitney Biennial 2017"
The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie tells the story of a teenage boy going to school off of the reservation where he lives for the first time. Written in a brutally honest voice, Alexie narrates his own experiences with bullying, racism, alcoholism, sexuality, and death. Written through the point of […]Read more "Reflection: Stories That Grow With You"
Something occurred to me while reading the first few chapters of Sherman Alexie’s award-winning Young Adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. Reading Alexie’s pseudo-memoir was the first book in a long time I could remember reading with a Native American protagonist. When I thought about it further, I could maybe […]Read more "One Voice, Among a Few, Among Many"
“Take me into the museum and show me myself, show me my people, show me soul America.”[i] These words, written by the poet June Jordan expresses the sentiment of why many members of the public do not feel represented in museums. In the 1960s, in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, when black scholars […]Read more "“Take Me Into the Museum and Show Me Myself”: The Development of African American History Museums"
Self-identity can be a difficult issue to decode. Minority groups in the Untied States are frequently not afforded the same resources and opportunities given to their white counterparts, especially in regards to housing and education. This results in many individuals becoming torn between upward mobility and opportunities in society, and staying near their families and true to […]Read more "Identity Crisis: Leaving Home to Find a Home"
Growing up, I split my time between the cities of Spokane and Moses Lake, Washington. Both have long and complex histories with the indigenous tribes of the region, many of which no longer exist and the others were forced to relocate to reservations. I was always aware of the reservation, yet the history I was […]Read more "Ignored Narratives: Telling the Stories of 21st Century Native Americans"
Having never studied poetry I was skeptical about comprehending over 300 pages. However, that was not the case. I found Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming moving, enlightening, and challenging. The poems, written from the perspective of a child, but through the reflection of an adult offer a unique insight into the perceptions of black childhood. This […]Read more "Reflection: ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’ and Accepting the Unanswered Questions"