ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Edward Curtis photograph of a Hopi maiden, her hair swirled into a traditional whorl, buttresses a portrait of Princess Leia, her hair twisted into similar coils.
Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Unangax) created the digital composite “Star Wars”-meets-Curtis “Things Are Looking Native, Native’s Looking Whiter” in 2012. It’s at once a symbol of cultural appropriation and a tribute to the past.
Open at IAIA’s Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, “Indigenous Futurisms: Transcending Past/Present/Future” explores artworks presenting the future from a Native perspective.
These artists use sci-fi themes to pass on tribal oral histories to younger audiences and to revive Native languages.