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As Seeds, We Grow: Student Reflections on Resilience

As Seeds, We Grow: Student Reflections on Resilience

April 2022 - April 2023

Monday, March 21, 2022

The exhibit As Seeds, We Grow: Student Reflections on Resilience explored student identity and cultural resilience with consideration to Fort Lewis College’s history as a federal Indian boarding school. Curated by Elise Boulanger, Osage Nation, Curatorial Fellow and FLC alumna (’21).


Student Participants and Alumni Contributors: Shenay Atene, Diné, Psychology, minor in NAIS; Paige Brown, Diné, Communication Design; Keo Crank, Diné; Ana Henry, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Environmental Studies; Hannah Jacks, Cherokee, Communication Design; AJ Lopez, Anthropology & Studio Art; Camela Manheimer, Diné, Communication Design, minors in Gender and Sexuality Studies & Art History; Sam McCullar, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Native American & Indigenous Studies; Destiny Morgan, Diné & Nahiłii, Communication Design & Psychology; Desirae Rambler, San Carlos Apache, Native American & Indigenous Studies; Kaitlyn Sebwenna-Painter, Iñupiaq, Psychology; Chloe Umdenstock, Cherokee, Art Education; Kirbie Bennett, Diné, FLC ‘17; Rexine Williams, Diné, FLC ‘20; Emily McWilliams, Diné, FLC ‘21; Maddie Sanders, Mvskoke & Mojave, FLC ‘21.



This Native Lens video by Joe Kinneen (Inupiaq and FLC alumnus, '22) goes behind the scenes with Curatorial Fellow Elise Boulanger (citizen of the Osage Nation and FLC alumna, '21), Museum Curator Liz Quinn MacMillan, and student contributor Ana Henry (Citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) to discuss the development of and intentions behind As Seeds, We Grow: Student Reflections on Resilience


Link to As Seeds We Grow Exhibition Catalog


This exhibit was made possible by generous support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Women’s Foundation of Colorado Women & Girls of Color Fund, Alice & Eric Foultz, and the Ballantine Family Fund.


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Other Current Exhibits
The Memories We Carry with Us

The Memories We Carry with Us

Location: Center of Southwest Studies, Main Foyer

The Memories We Carry with Us was curated by CSWS Intern Alysha Arrates (Ute Mountain Ute), a sophomore at FLC studying Native American and Indigenous Studies and Museum Management. The installation combines photographs and clippings from the Center's archives with creative works and personal items from Indigenous students currently attending Fort Lewis College. Arrates hopes that others can feel inspired by this display, which pays homage to the thriving Indigenous students at Fort Lewis College. The exhibition will be on display through November 2024.

Indigenous Futurity

Indigenous Futurity

Location: CSWS Stairwell

In May 2023, curatorial fellow Elise Boulanger (Osage Nation) co-taught a Maymester EXCEL course with internationally renowned artist Nanibah Chacon (Diné, Chicana) at the Center of Southwest Studies. Students participating in this Maymester course designed and painted a mural informed by research conducted in the Center’s museum collections and conversations about cultural celebration and belonging, thoughtful representations of non-dominant cultural values and worldviews, and connection to land. The mural, which embraces Traditional Cultural Knowledge, references a Navajo sampler-style textile and incorporates historical and contemporary weavings from the Center of Southwest Studies’ Durango Collection® of Southwest textiles, sash belts from the collaborating artists’ communities, and other Center collections items.


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