November is Native American Heritage Month (November 1, 2017)

Photo exhibition opening (© State Dept.)
Professor Daniel Cobb's lecture "ImagiNative: Why Visual Representations of American Indians Matter" (© State Dept.)
Professor Daniel Cobb’s lecture “ImagiNative: Why Visual Representations of American Indians Matter” (© State Dept.)

The American Resource Center is proud to co-host a 4-part lecture series and a photo exhibition at the Helsinki University Kaisa library in honor of Native American Heritage Month and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Finnish Association for American Indian Cultures.

Fulbright Bicentennial Chair Daniel Cobb delivered the first lecture “ImagiNative: Why Visual Representations of American Indians Matter” on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Professor Cobb explored the representations of Native people by non-Natives in the context of art, photography, literature, popular culture, and mass media.

The next lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, November 7, when Rainer Smedman gives a presentation titled “Lakotat – pohjoisten tasankojen valtiaat.” More information about the entire lecture series. (PDF 987 KB, in Finnish)

Before Dr. Cobb’s lecture on Tuesday, Svetlana Bachevanova’s photo exhibition “Pine Ridgen reservaatti – lakota-intiaanien koti” opened at the Kaisa Library exhibition space. The exhibition is on display until November 10, 2017. Thomas Yellowhair, a Lakota living in Helsinki, was a guest of honor and brought a special greeting for the guests with his drum.

Thomas Yellowhair performing with his drum (© State Dept.)
Thomas Yellowhair performing with his drum (© State Dept.)