Going to Disney World: Native Art at Epcot Center
Entrance to exhibit
Disney Entrance
Disney Entrance
Seminole tribal elder Bobby Henry visiting the exhibition
Elder Bobby Henry
Elder Bobby Henry
Mother with son looking at exhibit
Mother & Son Exhibit
Mother & Son Exhibit
Ancient Resonance dress inspired by Acoma Pueblo potter
Ancient Resonance dress
Ancient Resonance dress
Art installation at exhibition
Exhibit Pieces
Exhibit Pieces
Exhibit pieces in display
Exhibit Pieces 2
Exhibit Pieces 2
Miss Florida Seminole Cheyenne Kippenberger, left, and Junior Miss Florida Seminole Allegra Billie, right
Miss Florida
Miss Florida
Walt Disney World Resort guests
Guests
Guests
NMAI Director Kevin Gover (Pawnee) and MIAC Director Della Warrior (Otoe-Missouria)
Director's Speaking
Director's Speaking
Visitors looking at handmade dolls
Guests 2
Guests 2

NMAI curator Emil Her Many Horses (Lakota) selected pieces both contemporary and historic to highlight how artists continually innovate while drawing on past traditions and techniques. Many of the contemporary pieces have never been on display. Her Many Horses worked closely with MIAC curator Tony Chavarria (Santa Clara Pueblo) to determine the exhibition theme and choose objects.

The gallery holds seven large cases that reflect geographic regions of the United States. An interactive touch-screen station offers personal reflections from three contemporary artists. A diverse selection of music plays throughout the space – another highlight of Indigenous artistic expression compiled by Museum staff.

This remarkable opportunity grew out of a pro-bono project of Walt Disney Imagineering. In April 2017, Museum staff working on a project related to signage and public spaces spent two days brainstorming with approximately 50 Imagineers. MIAC had undertaken a similar workshop several years previously. The American Heritage Gallery had been telling a story of African-American history with objects from the Kinsey Collection (now part of the Smithsonian’s collection). Walt Disney Imagineering next wanted to tell an American Indian story and asked the two museums to help them.

Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art is scheduled to be on display at Walt Disney World, Epcot Center for five years.

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