American Indian Heritage Pow Wow Portraits:
Photographs by Douglas Elbinger
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Historically, photographers have made posed, studio portraits
of American Indians dressed in traditional clothing. These
historical photographs provide an important record of aspects
of tribal history. However, these portraits do not always
accurately reflect information about the individual or the
culture. The photographs within this exhibition offer a rare
opportunity to see American Indians dressed in contemporary
traditional regalia. Photographer Douglas Elbinger has been
recognized as a leading source for the copy and restoration
of historic photographs. He has worked with the Smithsonian
Institution and the National Archives, as well as many other
museums and historic societies across the country.
This exhibition has been displayed at the following sites:
DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Auburn Hills, MI; Kalamazoo Valley
Museum, Kalamazoo, MI; Kellogg Center, Michigan State University
Campus, East Lansing, MI; Marquette Mission Park & Museum
of Ojibway Culture, St. Ignace, MI; McCune Art Center, Petoskey,
MI; Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, MI; Montcalm
Community College, Sidney, MI; Nokomis American Indian Cultural
Learning Center, Okemos, MI; Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Detroit, MI; Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, MI; Hope College, Holland, MI; Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale, AZ; Monroe County Community College, Monroe, MI; Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI; Holden Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI.
(8-week period) :
| $600, plus shipping
||Number of pieces:
||22 framed color photographs
||Running feet required:
||80 to 100 ft.
||Lockable, limited access display area; fire protection according to local ordinances
||Additional materials available:
||Gallery guide; lectures; related publications for resale; photographic prints available for sale; press materials
Nda Maamawigaami (Together
We Dance): Contemporary Great Lakes Pow Wow Regalia and
other merchandise is available from the Michigan
Traditional Arts Program Store.
This exhibition was coordinated by the Michigan Traditional
Arts Program at the Michigan State University Museum with
the collaboration and support of the MSU Native American Institute;
MSU American Heritage Pow Wow Host Committee; Nokomis
American Indian Cultural Learning Center; Michigan Festival,
Inc. volunteers; Smithsonian Institution's National Museum
of the American Indian (NMAI); Fellows of the 1993 NMAI/MSU
Museum's American Indian Training Institute at the MSU Museum;
Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs; Michigan
State University Extension Service; Elizabeth Halsted Endowment
for Traveling Exhibitions; and Douglas Elbinger of Elbinger
Studios, Lansing, Michigan.
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