Pondering Edward Curtis

Abbe Museum Trustee Jamie Bissonette Lewey offered these remarks on May 6th at an event on the occasion of an exhibit, Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy, at the Portland Museum of Art. The talk was co-produced by the Abbe Museum and discussed the ways Curtis’ images have perpetuated cultural genocide of Indigenous … More Pondering Edward Curtis

Difficult Conversations All Day, Every Day

Museum decolonization is a difficult conversation to have. Most of our visitors enter the Museum soaked with stereotypes that are harmful to Native people. And many visitors have a racial bias that they don’t know they have. This makes for uncomfortable conversations all day, every day at the Abbe. When I first started working at … More Difficult Conversations All Day, Every Day