This thought-provoking exhibit presents artistic responses from across Iroquois country that speak to who is considered Haudenosaunee and what constitutes membership. Identity/Identify explores how these definitions and designations determine access to tribal and federal resources, rights, residency options, and other components of cultural and community participation.
Artwork created specifically for the exhibit presents the political and polarizing issues surrounding blood quantum standards, the position and challenges of mixed race individuals, those whose connections to heritage are through their father's (rather than mother’s) lines, and those who grew up off reservation.
The exhibit features video, sculpture, beadwork, and photography by Peter Jones, Hayden Haynes, and Michael Jones from Seneca territory; Margaret Jacobs and Natasha Smoke-Santiago from Akwesasne; Robert D’Alimonte from Tuscarora; Karen Ann Hoffman from Oneida, Wisconsin; Danielle Soames from Kahnawake; Andrea Chrisjohn from Kingston, NY; Shelia Escobar and Lance Hodahkwen from Syracuse; Rosy Simas from Minneapolis; Ric Glazer Danay from California; Melanie Printup Hope from Toronto; and Erin Antonak from Mississippi.
This program was funded in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant.