What do Land 'o Lakes, Argo Cornstarch and Syracuse minor league baseball have in common? Stereotyped images of Native Americans.
"Tonto Revisited: Native American Stereotypes" is an exhibit curated by Tom Huff, a Seneca/Cayuga artist living on the Onondaga Nation who has been collecting "Indian kitch" for more than 25 years. The exhibit exposes the cultural mythology surrounding Native Americans. Images and objects associated with "Indians" are dictated and defined by the dominant non-Indian culture, resulting in culturally incorrect and even racist, exaggerated misrepresentations of Native Americans.
Huff's collection of portrayals of menacing warriors wielding tomahawks, knives and bows and arrows found in posters, advertisements, toys, sports logos and more will be on display. While many may not think of them individually as destructive, this exhibit helps to illustrate how these pervasive negative preconceptions trivialize the tragedy wrought on indigenous peoples everywhere. The exhibit aims to both dispel the myths surrounding Native Americans and to encourage a new understanding of native peoples.
Huff is primarily a stone sculptor working in a variety of stones, styles, and themes, traditional and contemporary. He is also a member of the CORA Foundation's Board of Directors.
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