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Collecting Community Memories through Interviews 
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Collecting Community Memories through Interviews 

Bently Spang is a Northern Cheyenne sculptor and installation and performance artist.

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construction workers with one of the Haida poles with members of the Wallace family looking on from the stairs above
Blog: Art Stories

Monumental Poles Among First Art Placed in the Martin Building (Video)

The Denver Art Museum team has completed the installation of its monumental Haida poles, marking the beginning of art installations for a redesigned and reinstalled Northwest Coast and Alaska Native gallery. The reimagined space will be among the first art galleries to reopen to the public in the initial phase of the renovated Martin Building on June 6, 2020. More

Dakota Hoska
Blog: Behind the Scenes

News from the Native Arts Department at the Denver Art Museum

The Native arts department is pleased to share the following news about recent events. Stay tuned for updates about when you can see more of the American Indian, African, and Oceanic art collections when the Martin Building reopens. More

Oversized rawhide box with painted geometric shapes in bright colors, on repurposed tipi poles
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Identity at Large

Elementary (grades K-5)
Two 45 minute lessons

Students will examine Jeffrey Gibson’s parfleche (pronounced “par-flesh”)-inspired artwork Freedom, and explore how it might express his identity.

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Oversized rawhide box with painted geometric shapes in bright colors, on repurposed tipi poles
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What do you carry?

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One to Three 30—60 minute lessons

This lesson connects to Jeffrey Gibson's Freedom with the idea that we make choices about what we carry and why.

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Oversized rawhide box with painted geometric shapes in bright colors, on repurposed tipi poles
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Layer on Layer

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One to Four 30 minute lessons

Young learners will explore the layers of geometric shapes in Jeffrey Gibson's Freedom, and explore a variety of types of materials to make a multi-layered art work of their own.

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Symbolic Understanding
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Symbolic Understanding

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 60 minute lesson

Students will work collaboratively to research and respond to the use of symbols in the Eyedazzler Blanket/Rug and what those symbols can tell us about the history of the people and the artist who created it.

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Nancy Blomberg
Blog: Spotlight on Staff

Nancy Blomberg

Remembering a Museum Trailblazer and Thought Leader

It’s with the deepest grief that the Denver Art Museum family shares the passing of Nancy Blomberg, the museum’s Chief Curator and Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Native Arts. More

Oversized rawhide box with painted geometric shapes in bright colors, on repurposed tipi poles
Art Object Resource

Freedom

2013
Jeffrey Gibson
Storyteller Figure Inspired Activity
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Storyteller Figure Inspired Activity

Artist Melanie Yazzie was inspired by the celebration and unity that story telling provides.

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Parfleche made by a Northern Plains artist
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Parfleche Inspired Activity

The artist Melanie Yazzie was inspired by the intricate and unique designs that are significant to the owner as well as the parfleche’s function for holding important items.

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Moccasin made using porcupine quills from an unknown maker in the Crow Tribe
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Moccasin Inspired Activity

A pair of moccasins sparked a connection for Artist Melanie Yazzie to consider the role and importance of having empathy for others, or “walking a mile in someone’s moccasins.”

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Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee), Like A Hammer, 2014. Elk hide, glass beads, artificial sinew, wool blanket, metal studs, steel, found pinewood block, and fur; 56 x 24 x 11 in.
Exhibition

Jeffrey Gibson

Like a Hammer
May 13, 2018–August 12, 2018

Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer—the first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work—will chronicle a pivotal moment in Gibson’s career when his contemporary artistic practice converged with his Native American heritage. About 57 objects created from 2011 to the present will be featured including figurative works, text-based wall hangings, a significant selection of beaded punching bags, painted works on rawhide and canvas, and video. More

Detail of Navajo weaver figure at loom
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Weaver inspired Activity

Find inspiration for class artmaking related to the Weaver with Loom figure. Watch Melanie Yazzie discuss her inspiration, too.

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