Free Lecture Totem: As Monument Coming to Will Rogers Memorial Museum

Sunday, August 6th, from 3-5PM you’re invited to the Will Rogers Memorial Museum for Totem: As Monument, a Free Lecture on everyone’s favorite Totem Pole!

“This lecture will create the foundation of this dialogue. We will discuss the Indian New Deal Totem Pole Restoration that was happening in Alaska between 1938 and 1942, which may have been a contributing factor to the construction of this monumental work. We will discuss Creek history and the history of allotment in Oklahoma and the role that Charles Page played in both land grabs and the Sand Springs Home, giving foundational knowledge about some of the Native policy during the 1930s and 1950s. We will also discuss the history of vernacular art environments and look at examples in the United States and learn how Ed Galloway’s park fits into this genre.”

Panel presentation with Pablo Barrera (Associate Curator at OK Contemporary), Russell Cobb (University of Alberta, author of “The Great Oklahoma Swindle: Race, Religions and Lies in America’s Weirdest State”), Annalise Flynn (SPACES Archive of the Kohler Foundation, Wisconsin), Emily L. Moore (Colorado State University, author of “Proud Raven, Panting Wolf: Carving Alaska’s New Deal Totem Parks”), and Apollonia Piña (Indigenous activist and organizer for the Matriarch organization).

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