of the American Indian
3001 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
All My Relations: A Seneca History
Temporary Exhibit - September 2014 to August 2015
The exhibit will view traditional and modern Seneca artifacts, which over the span of generations, represent the intimate themes of loss, connection and resilience by Ms. Simas and her Seneca connection. Her voice and family materials reflect a history of loss and renewal known to many tribes today.
The recorded maternal lineage of Ms. Simas extends back to Cornplanter (1750-1836) the distinct War Chief of the Seneca tribe during the time a land treaty signed by Timothy Pickering, George Washington's official agent. Materials from Ms. Simas' grandmother, tell of growing up on the reservation, attending boarding school, relocation to urban centers, and the American Indian Movement (AIM). Video segments highlight the loss of Cornplanter's land from the flooding by the Kinzua Dam erected 50 years ago.The loss of this land during this part of Ms. Simas life story evolved into her artistic modern dance now touring the U.S.
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