The cartoons in Laughter and Resilience by Zuni artist Phil Hughte are based on the time a flamboyant anthropologist named Frank Hamilton Cushing visited Zuni and stayed for several years in the early 1880s. The clash of cultures and Cushing’s competition with a female anthropologist also working at Zuni inspired Hughte to take a humorous approach to telling the story. Join VP & Chief Curatorial Officer Elisa Phelps as she shares Cushing’s fascinating story and more of Hughte’s clever cartoons which gently poke fun at Cushing, anthropologists, and cultural appropriation.
About Laughter and Resilience:
This event is part of ongoing programming for the Eiteljorg’s new exhibition Laughter and Resilience: Humor in Native American Art. This fascinating exhibition curated by the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, N.M. examines Indigenous humor in all its forms. Laughter and Resilience will inspire an appreciation and better understanding of Native Art through the concept of how humor, telling jokes, and being light-hearted (especially during times that require or have required acts of resiliency), is central to many Native American groups. Learn more.Register