Laughter & Resilience: Humor

in Native American Art

May 22 – August 5, 2021

Experience the comedy in Indigenous art

What is it: For centuries, humor has played a vital role among many Native American tribes as an important form of artistic expression. Native artists past and present employ humor in a wide variety of ways, using a range of artistic media. Laughter is universally appealing and relatable. We all want to laugh and be less worried or serious. Laughter or rather, the opportunity to do so, is attractive or desirable. Laughter and Resilience: Humor in Native American Art will inspire an appreciation and better understanding of Native Art through the introduction of the concept of how humor, telling jokes, being light-hearted, and taking a less serious approach to life (especially during times that require or have required acts of resiliency), is central to many Native American groups.

A majority of the artists in this exhibit are from Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, as well as California; with a few additions of artworks from the Eiteljorg’s permanent collection. Representations from the Ojibwe, Lakota, and Haudenosaunee will be included, thus rounding out a more North American Native perspective on humor.

Visit the Eiteljorg and experience this fascinating and surprising exhibition — curated by the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, N.M. — that examines Indigenous humor in all its forms.

Ongoing Programming

Saturday, May 29
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Laughter Yoga with Joy Potential
Laughter Yoga involves little stretching and LOTS of laughing. Delight in a variety of laughter exercises, playful breathing exercises, and laughter meditation, guaranteed to release stress and tension, open your heart, calm your mind, boost your health, and joyfully infuse your life with an abundance of peace and positive energy. Christine Eartheart of Joy Potential in Bloomington, Indiana will lead a 45 minute virtual laughter yoga session ending with laughter meditation. Learn more.

Saturday, May 29
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Héčhetu Welo: A conversation with Lakota Artist Dwayne Wilcox
Héčhetu Welo is all that Lakota artist, Dwayne Wilcox has to say. Learn about the beginnings, early life, and inspiration Dwayne experienced growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Watch short film Héčhetu Welo and have a chance to meet the renowned ledger artist, Dwayne Wilcox. Learn more.

Plan your visit to see this exhibit

Please share your experience with us on social by using #EJNativeHumor

How to visit: See exhibit Mon-Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission: Exhibit is included with the cost of museum admission

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30TH ANNIVERSARY
YEAR KICKOFF PARTY

Join us for a special 30th Anniversary Party, which will kick off a yearlong celebration at the museum.

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Call for Community Art

beauty
NOUN: 1. A combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form
that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. (Oxford English Dictionary)

A Sense of Beauty
As a part of the museum’s 30th anniversary celebration, you (and everyone else you know) are invited to create artwork inspired by the theme, Beauty. Artwork will be on display in conjunction with the exhibition, A Sense of Beauty, which opens March 9. So get out your paints, pencils, tablets or whatever medium you choose and create some art! (Public artwork will be hung within ten days of receipt after March 9, 2019 and be on display through August 4, 2019.)

Criteria: artwork must be original and inspired by the theme Beauty
2-D only; 4” x 4” size (unframed)
a signed consent form must accompany the entry

Send your entry to:
Public Programs
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-270

Please download the consent form by clicking here, fill it out and include it with your submission.

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