A companion exhibition, In Our Own Words: Native Impressions 2015-16, features a series of prints intended to highlight the life experiences of Native Americans living in North Dakota today. Daniel Heyman, whose previous work dealt with provocative social and political issues, collaborated with Lucy Ganje, who has family ties to tribal nations in North Dakota, to produce the portfolio under the guidance of master printer Kim Fink. The two artists listened to members of North Dakota’s four remaining tribal nations talk about their personal and family histories. The series of 26 prints on handmade paper is made up of twelve pairs of portraits and broadsides that include excerpts from these interviews, plus a title page and colophon.

 

In Our Own Words is curated by Dr. Johanna Minich, Assistant Curator of Native American Art, who discussed the project with Heyman and Ganje in a recent interview.


Image credits:
Daniel Heyman (b. 1963-) and Lucy Ganje (b. 1949) In Our Own Words: Native Impressions 2015-2016, 2016
26 Color woodcut prints on handmade mulberry and North Dakota native milkweed paper 26.25 x 19.25 inches each