Buckskin to Bikinis – New Exhibit at Iroquois Indian Museum!

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown April 20th, 2015 Last Updated on: April 20th, 2015


If you find yourself anywhere near the Albany, NY area this year, try and drive a little further and check out the new Buckskin to Bikinis exhibit at the Iroquois Indian Museum!

Exhibition showcases constructions by Iroquois/Haudenosaunee artists and/or designers who employ fabric, leather, fur, plastic, and other materials to push the boundaries of style and fashion far beyond cultural tradition and stereotype to explore the capacity of apparel to embody personal and/or political identity and reflect on Native experience. We have assembled a broad and illustrative collection of Indigenous couture, street wear, wearable art, and accessories by both emerging and established designers. Themes identified as central to these constructions include: cultural change and the impacts of colonization, assertive reclamation of pan-Indian elements such as fringe, fur and feathers, Indigenous sovereignty, revitalization and reinterpretation of traditional stories and symbols. Appropriation and cultural property issues are also addressed in the show which runs through November 30, 2015.

Beyond Buckskin recently checked out the exhibit and shared a short video with everyone. Which outfit is your favorite?

Beyond Buckskin is also offering a copy of the exhibit catalog on their website in case you can't make it over to the museum. You can find it at: http://shop.beyondbuckskin.com/product/buckskin-to-bikinis-exhibit-catalog.

For more information on admission, hours and directions to the Iroquois Indian Museum, please visit http://www.iroquoismuseum.org/.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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