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Collections Spotlight


If you are an Indigenous artist of the Americas would like to discuss artwork in the Coe Center’s collections in a future Collections Spotlight discussion, please email us!

Collections Spotlight with Larson Goldtooth and Colleen Lucero

E21: Larson Goldtooth and Colleen Lucero discuss Hopi-Tewa pottery

A ceramic artist and educator, Larson Goldtooth (Hopi-Tewa), an independent museum consultant, Colleen Lucero (Hopi) examine historical Hopi-Tewa and Hopi pottery from the Coe’s Collection via Zoom in Collections Spotlight.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

1:00 PM Alaska / 2:00 PM Pacific / 3:00 PM Mountain / 4:00 PM Central / 5:00 PM Eastern

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Collections Spotlight

Episode 1. Tracy Discusses Regalia

First American Art Magazine and the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts are pleased to partner in producing Collections Spotlight, an interactive, online discussion. Diverse scholars and Native artists will select artworks from the Coe’s collection to interpret and discuss. The virtual Zoom format will bring together people from diverse regions, and the artist can take audience questions at the end.

The first episode features Tracy Newkumet Burrow (Caddo/Delaware), a regalia-maker and textile artist based in Oklahoma City. She will discuss the symbolism and techniques embedded in a Caddo dush-toh (a women’s hourglass-shaped hair piece) and a pair of beaded Caddo/Delaware moccasins. Our first Collections Spotlight!


Further Reading

Neebin discusses Ojibwe aesthetics

Episode 2. Neebinnaukzhik Southall

The second episode features Neebinnaukzhik Southall (Chippewas of Rama First Nation), an artist, graphic designer, photographer, and writer based in Santa Fe. She will discuss the aesthetics and iconography in history Ojibwe quillwork, birchbark, and textile artworks and how she respectfully incorporates Anishinaabe aesthetics and designs in her own artwork.


Episode 3. Louise Goings and Tonya Carroll

The third episode features Louise Goings (Eastern Band Cherokee) and Tonya Carroll (Eastern Band Cherokee) discussing Cherokee baskets in the Coe’s collection.

Lydia Louise Goings (Eastern Band Cherokee) is a third-generation basket maker, who learned from her mother Emma Taylor. Goings specializes in white oak split baskets with natural dyes. A lifelong educator, Goings teaches basketry and the Cherokee language in the Qualla Boundary in North Carolina.

Tonya E. Carroll (Eastern Band Cherokee) of Birdtown in the Qualla Boundary, North Carolina, is the department manager of the Ray Kinsland Leadership Institute, where she empowers the next generation of Cherokee leaders and teaches Cherokee history and culture. Serving in her community in numerous capacities, Carroll is a co-organizer of the annual Kananesgi Art Market.


Collections Spotlight

Episode 4. Elizabeth James-Perry

First American Art Magazine and the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts are pleased to partner in producing Collections Spotlight, an interactive, online discussion. Art scholars and Native artists will select artworks from the Coe’s collection to interpret and discuss. The virtual Zoom format will bring together people from diverse regions, and the artist can take audience questions at the end.

The fourth episode features Elizabeth James-Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag) discussing her own wampum-making practice, Northern quillwork (bird and porcupine), and motifs in Northeastern Woodlands textile art from the Coe’s collection.


Tahnee Ahtoneharjo-Growingthunder

Episode 5. Tahnee Ahtoneharjo-Growingthunder

Beadwork artist, regalia maker, and director of the Kiowa Tribal Museum, Tahnee Ahtoneharjo-Growingthunder (Kiowa/Mvskoki/Seminole) will discuss Kiowa and other Plains moccasins and leggings.


Leah Mata-Fragua

Episode 6. Leah Mata Fragua

Leah Mata Fragua is a member of the yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini (the people of tiłhini), Northern Chumash Tribe, located on the Central California Coast. Based in New Mexico and California, she is a regalia maker, basket maker, and jeweler who teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Mata Fragua was a Smithsonian Artist Research fellow in 2011, and a Master Artist for Alliance of California Traditional Arts in 2013. Most recently, Mata Fragua was the 2020 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow at the School for Advanced Research.


Jhon Goes in Center

E7: Jhon Goes in Center
Plains Personal Adornment in Metal

An Oglala Lakota metalsmith, carver, dancer, regalia maker, and cultural artist, Jhon Goes in Center is based in Rapid City, South Dakota, and hails from the Pine Ridge Reservation. He earned his museum studies degree from the University of Colorado and studied metal engraving from nationally renowned firearms engraver John Rohner. Jhon will discuss personal adornment in metals by Northern and Southern Plains artists from the 19th century to the present in this Collections Spotlight.


Melissa Shaginoff

E8: Melissa Shaginoff Dene Art, Materials, and Potlatch

Ahtna Athabascan and Northern Paiute artist, activist, and curator, Melissa Shaginoff is a curator at the Alaska Pacific University’s Art Galleries in Anchorage. Her work is shaped by the structure and processes of the Dene potlatch. In 2021 Melissa will participate in two international residencies in Canada and Sweden to explore conversation as an artistic practice.


Kelly Church

E9: Kelly Church
Anishinaabe Baskets and Textiles

Gun Lake Potawatomi/Odawa/Ojibwe basket maker, birchbark biter, and Woodlands School painter discusses Great Lakes art and her own artwork


Evelyn Vanderhoop

E10: Evelyn Vanderhoop
Discusses Northwest Coast Weaving

Celebrated Haida textile artist discusses the Naaxin, or Chilkat robe, in the Coe Center’s collection as well as her own Naaxin and Ravenstail weavings


Jordan Poorman Crocker

E11: Jordan Poorman Cocker
Discusses Narratives in Kiowa Adornment

Kiowa/Tongan curator, artist, and designer discusses stories embedded in regalia by her and Teri Greeves


Karen Ann Hoffman

E12: Karen Ann Hoffman
Discusses Haudenosaunee Raised Beadwork

2020 NEA National Heritage Fellow Karen Ann Hoffman (Oneida Nation) discusses this sculptural beadwork unique to the Six Nations


Ian Kuali'i

E13: Ian Kuali’i
Discusses Hawaiian/Pacific Art

Kanaka Maoli [Native Hawaiian]/Apache artist, Ian Kuali’i examines Hawaiian umeke (bowls) and Micronesian navigational charts in the Coe’s collections


Meyo Marrufo

E14: Meyo Marrufo
Discusses Pomo Baskets and Regalia

Eastern Pomo artist and educator discusses Pomo baskets, shell jewelry, and personal adornment in the Coe’s collections


G. Peter Jemison

E15: G. Peter Jemison discusses Seneca art

Seneca (Heron clan) painter, filmmaker, and Ganondagan State Historic Site manager discusses his work and historical Haudenosaunee artwork from the Coe’s collections


John Hagen Collections Spotlight

E16: John Hagen discusses Indigenous Fishing

Unangax̂/Iñupiaq photographer and curator discusses Northern tools and artworks related to fishing and hunting collections


Lisa Rutherford on Collections Spotlight

E17: Lisa Rutherford discusses Eastern Woodland beadwork and ceramics

Cherokee Nation beadwork, ceramic, and textile artist discusses her own artwork as well as a Cherokee beaded baldric sash, pucker-toe moccasins from Virginia, and early ceramics from the Coe’s collection via Zoom


Golga Oscar

E18: Golga Oscar discusses Alaska Native artwork

Yup’ik textile artist and photographer discusses his work and artwork from Southeastern Alaska in the Coe Center’s collection via Zoom


Collections Spotlight with Sean Standing Bear

E19: Sean Standing Bear discusses Osage visual arts in Collections Spotlight

Osage cultural historian and artist Sean Standing Bear, with Marla Redcorn (Osage/Kiowa), Director of the Osage National Museum, discusses Osage artwork in the Coe Center’s collection


Collections Spotlight with Mary Young Bear

E20: Mary Young Bear discusses Meskawki art

Meskwaki Cultural Center & Museum outreach officer and beadwork artist examines Meskwaki beadwork, ribbonwork, and jewelry from the Coe’s Collection via Zoom



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