Join the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian on Saturday, June 18 for the opening of its latest exhibit “Contemporary Native Women Opening Doors to Change.”
The year- long exhibit takes an in-depth look at twelve Native women leaders whose contributions have shaped the future in a range of social justice issues from tribal sovereignty, culture and language, land and environmental issues, imagery and stereotypes to the arts. A welcoming reception will be held at 1pm, followed by a curator led tour at 2pm and a panel discussion from 3:00-4:30.
The exhibit is guest curated by Arlene Hirschfelder and Paulette Molin (a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth Reservation), two prominent humanities authors and museum consultants with over 25 years of experience. Through biographical accounts and each woman’s own words, photographs, videos, documents, art, and artifacts, visitors will learn about major issues faced by indigenous people today and how these challenges are being overcome to bring about change, inspire the next generation, and break ground for women everywhere.
Find out who the first Native American woman was to successfully argue a case before the United States Supreme Court. Learn who is leading the charge in the fight against using racial stereotypes as mascots. Discover who was named one of the “35 people who made a difference in the world” in 2015 by Smithsonian Magazine. Meet two nationally recognized Native women featured on postal stamps. Designed to stimulate conversations in community responsibility and engagement, visitors will learn the unique life stories of the incredible women behind these and many more accomplishments.
The Mitchell Museum is located in Evanston, Illinois at 3001 Central Street. It is open Tuesday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday- Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students and children and free for Mitchell Museum members and Tribal members.