Cultural appropriation is “a term used to describe the taking over of creative or artistic forms, themes, or practices by one cultural group from another,” according to Oxford Reference. Cultural appropriation is a major topic of many cultures.
The Native American Cultural Center at CSU feels strongly about this issue and has collaborated with the LSC Arts Program to bring the #HandsOffMyHeritage exhibit to the Duhesa Gallery. This gallery is located on the top floor of the LSC, outside the NACC and features works from 10 artists. The works addresses many aspects of cultural appropriation.
While the exhibit has been up since Oct. 15 and will stay up through Dec. 31, last week was the official exhibition. This was part of the November celebration of Native American Heritage Month. This celebration also featured Dr. Adrienne Keene giving a keynote speech on cultural appropriation, an artist talk with Jacob Meders, whose work is on display in the exhibit, as well as performances by the Pawnee Spotted Horse drum group.
All of this aims to create dialogue about the issues of cultural appropriation as well as celebrate the diverse cultures represented within the Native American Cultural Center.
For more information you can visit nacc.colostate.edu or stop by room 327 in the LSC.