Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 9:00am5:00pm.
North Building - Lower Level
Ticketed with member discount
Call 720-913-0130, or buy online.

Art In Motion: Native Arts Symposium

The Department of Native Arts invites you to come explore how motion plays a role in American Indian arts. Through the analysis of 2-D, 3-D, and time based media, this symposium will study in broad ways how movement and change express themselves.


  • Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who works with a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation. He has had solo exhibitions at numerous Canadian museums including the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.
  • Kristin Dowell is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. She received her PhD from New York University and has done research on Aboriginal media for over a decade. She has worked as an assistant curator at several Native film festivals and is a visual anthropologist who teaches courses on ethnographic film, the anthropology of media, indigenous media, and documentary video production.
  • Leena Minifie is a member of the Gitxaala Nation of Tsimshian and British decent. She is a video, performance and interactive artist. As a trained dancer and choreographer, movement greatly informs her practice and life. Leena has screened three of her films at international film festivals, and her most recent film, ?E?anx/The Cave, played at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in 2011. She is currently completing a BFA in New Media and BA in Indigenous Liberal Studies in Santa Fe.
  • Daniel C. Swan is a cultural anthropologist and museum curator at the University of Oklahoma who has specialized particularly on the histories, social organizations, and cultures of Native North American peoples in Oklahoma, USA. He has conducted extensive research on the history, significance, and artistic forms of the Native American Church.
  • Charlene Holy Bear is a Standing Rock Lakota Sioux artist specializing in figurative dolls inspired by the Great Plains region. Her hand-made mixed-media figurative dolls reflect traditional arts while also having contemporary beadwork/quillwork .
  • Aldona Jonaitis is Director Emerita of the University of Alaska Museum of the North. She is a highly respected scholar and published author on the art and culture of Native Americans, especially in Alaska and the Northwest Coast.


  • 8:30 am Doors open
  • 9:00 am Welcome, Nancy J. Blomberg, (Denver Art Museum)
  • 9:10 am Introduction, John P. Lukavic, Ph.D. (Denver Art Museum)
  • 9:30 am Keynote Address, The Collapsing of Time and Space, Kent Monkman (Cree)
  • 10:45 am Break
  • 11:00 am Experimental Digital Media on the Cutting Edge, Kristin Dowell, Ph.D., (University of Oklahoma)
  • 11:30 am Life as Motion, Motion as Life: expressions in filmmaking and new media, Leena Minifie (Gitxaala)
  • 12:10 pm Q&A session
  • 12:30 pm Lunch
  • 2:00 pm Peyote Arts in Motion: Religious Diffusion and Aesthetic Exchange, Daniel C. Swan, Ph.D. (Sam Nobel Oklahoma Museum of Natural History)
  • 2:30 pm Dancing Figures: Lakota Traditions and Innovation, Charlene Holy Bear (Standing Rock Lakota Sioux)
  • 3:00 pm Tlingit Ceremonialism: Changing Forms of Motion, Aldona Jonaitis, Ph.D. (University of Alaska Museum of the North)
  • 3:30 pm Q&A session
  • 4:00 pm Closing Remarks, John Lukavic, Ph.D.
  • 4:15 pm Closing Reception

Click the link above to purchase tickets or call 720-913-0130. For details, call 720-913-0162.

Sponsored by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and the Douglas Society, a DAM support group.

Symposium flyer (PDF)