“Cherokee pottery is landscape, it is land, and it is memory. In this lecture, I examine the relationship between actual, physical Indigenous land, concepts of place as expressed through and imbued in pottery, as well as the ancient earthworks of my ancestors. In this examination, the land is the landscape, an active, engaged, and living place. Vital to this lecture is my examination of the holistic nature of Cherokee pottery, the aesthetic practice that was revivified by my aunt, and how it binds us to the land.” –Yvonne N. Tiger
YVONNE N. TIGER is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and is of Seminole, and Mvskoke descent. She is a PhD student in the Cultural, Social and Political Thought Program at the University of Lethbridge. A first-generation college graduate, Tiger holds an AB degree from Smith College, and two MAs from the University of Oklahoma, in 20th century U.S. History with a focus on the federal government’s boarding school policies, and in Native American Studies—Native American Art History and Curating, studies conducted within OU’s department of Art History. She is an Indigenous art historian and teaches Indigenous Studies courses at the University of Lethbridge, and Native American art history at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. She has held fellowships at the Peabody-Essex Museum (2021), with the Momus Emerging Indigenous Critics Residency (2022), and with the Otsego Institute for Native American Art History (2022). She was a Scholar-in-Residence at Smith College in 2021, a visiting scholar at Smith in 2022, and is a 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 Cobell Scholar.
This event is presented by the Institute of American Indian Arts.