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Exhibit - As Seeds, We Grow: Student Reflections on Resilience

Exhibit - As Seeds, We Grow: Student Reflections on Resilience

Monday, March 21, 2022

Event date: 4/27/2022 5:30 PM - 4/1/2023 12:00 AM Export event

The exhibit, As Seeds, We Grow: Student Reflections on Resilience explores 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.

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Other Current Exhibits
Durango Reframed

Durango Reframed

Past and Present Perspectives of Durango, CO. & Fort Lewis College

Location: Delaney Library

Explores photography in Durango, CO. throughout history in an exhibit of images and photographic equipment. Featuring a collection of Polaroid photographs taken by Fort Lewis College students, staff, and alumni in the Fall of 2022; inspired by Polaroid cameras and photographs found in the Center of Southwest Studies.

Curated by Anthropology & Studio Art student, AJ Lopez.




Also on display in Delaney Library are a portion of the Center’s 2011 exhibit Frontier Blues: The Legacy of Fort Lewis College and and The ‘Indian’ in Children’s Literature: What we have been – what we can be.

The Stories We Wear

The Stories We Wear

Location: Reed Library

Students, faculty, staff, and family gathered on November 30th to see The Stories We Wear exhibit in McPherson Chapel, alongside the Durango Sexual Assault Services Organization (SASO)'s Sing Our Rivers Red exhibit, and three guest speakers from the community. The Stories We Wear, created by curatorial fellow Elise Boulanger in partnership with FLC student group Rising Matriarchs and the Native American Center, was created to honor and remember Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives. It consists of three pieces of clothing - a ribbon skirt, an atikluk, and a blanket decorated by over 30 students and alumni. The installation will be moving around campus until September 2023 so keep an eye on this page and Center’s social media for its latest location.


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Museum Gallery: Mon - Fri 1 - 4 p.m. or by appointment

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