Native American Sovereignty’s Impact on the Curation of Indigenous Art

Join Hyperallergic for an online conversation with Kiowa Tribal Museum Director Tahnee Ahtone on January 25 at 7pm (EST).

by Hyperallergic

Sherman Chaddlesone (Kiowa, 1947–2013), «Kiowa Hand Game» (2007), 24 inches x 26 inches, Kiowa Tribe Art Collection at the Kiowa Casino in Devol, OK (photo courtesy Tahnee Ahtone and used with permission)

Editor’s Note: This event is part of the 2021/22 Emily H. Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators, following three posts by the Fellow, the third of which was an email-only exhibition sent to all Hyperallergic subscribers.

On Tuesday, January 25, at 7pm (EST), join us for a special online event with curator Tahnee Ahtone as she discusses the many facets of her curatorial work with the Kiowa Tribe and her recent Hyperallergic email exhibition, in which she treated readers to an exclusive viewing of the tribe’s important educational murals, previously on private view until now.

The conversation will explore how curation for a Native American community connects the realities of Native sovereignty and why it is crucial to include tribal governments when engaging with historical and artistic material related to their communities.

Register here.

Tahnee Ahtone (courtesy the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development)

Tahnee Ahtone (Ahtoneharjo-Growingthunder) is an enrolled member of the Kiowa tribe, serving many roles in the arts as a museum director, policy advisor, curator, and artist. Well versed in tribal relations, her 25-year career in museums contributes to the arts serving the US, Canada, and Europe. Her platform as a cultural arts leader is to guide organizational alignment in tribal diplomacy and diversity through engagement initiatives. Tahnee provides advisory and consultation services to assist museums, institutions, and nonprofits in bettering their tribal relations and understanding Indigenous cultures. She has been recognized as a Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow ’21, has won the Oklahoma Museum Association “Service to the Field” Award ’19, and Dodd Research Center Participant (UpStander Project for Human Rights) ’17. She is an Alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts (BFA), Harvard University (ALM), Columbia University Business Leadership (Certified), and Swansea University (ABD) “Political and Cultural Studies, Stewardship of Native American Art.”

Catch up with Ahtone’s work before the event — check out her Hyperallergic articles and email exhibition:


Native American Sovereignty’s Impact on the Curation of Indigenous Art: A Conversation With Tahnee Ahtone, Kiowa Tribal Museum Director will be hosted on Zoom on Tuesday, January 25, at 7pm (EST).

This virtual conversation is free; registration is required to attend.


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