Hearts of Our People | Frist Art Museum | Arts Break | NPT

(funky music) – [Jill Yohe] Hearts of our
People, Native Women Artists, is the first exhibition
dedicated to celebrating the artistic achievements
of native women artists. – [Teri Greeves] Most
of our material culture is made by women. It doesn’t mean that men don’t make it, but women are the artists and the creator of much of our visual
understanding of the world and the knowledge holders
for how to do things and the protocols of how to work in these traditional mediums. (funky music) – [Dorothy Grant] I am
from the Haida nation and my piece here is called
The Hummingbird Panel Dress. (funky music) I think fashion is to
help change perceptions about how you see the world, and so this piece is like that but it also brings to you entry into the traditional world of Haida art. It represents to me a bridge across from something very traditional to something very contemporary, but yet it still has those
strong cultural roots. – [Jill] In order for
us to tell this story, we drew upon the expertise of our exhibition advisory board who helped us find the works of art
that helped tell a story of why native women make art, based on three themes: legacy, relationships and power. Legacy is the understanding
of how these ways of seeing and creating in the world are passed down through generations. Relationships is the
relationships that are not just from person to person, but also the relationship
that native people have in the natural world, in time, and in space over all. Power is a response to the
power that native women have in their own home communities,
powers of diplomacy, powers of religious leaders, powers of economics. It required multiple voices and it required multiple
nations being represented. It required multiple fields for the women to come from so that we would have
a better understanding and a more whole
understanding of what this was because it had never
been dealt with before in this manner. (upbeat music) – [Narrator] This NPT Arts Break is made possible by the generous support of the Martha Rivers Ingram Advised Fund of the Community Foundation
of Middle Tennessee, and a grant from the
Tennessee Arts Commission.

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