Joe Harjo exhibition honors his Muscogee heritage

San Antonio artist Joe Harjo (Muscogee) knows his name alone will identify the maker of his new art exhibition Joe Harjo: Indian Removal Act II: And She Was. But Harjo acknowledges that he is not alone in bringing his work to fruition.

Like many museums, The Contemporary at Blue Star includes a land acknowledgment on its entrance wall. This now-standard practice recognizes that institutions in the United States stand on ground once occupied by Native American peoples.

Harjo’s twist on the practice is a people acknowledgment that pays homage to the family members and ancestors who gave him his blood and his breath.

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