Volume 55 : Articles

Planting New Seeds: The Lenape Garden at Penn

By: Caroline Kee

Tucked behind Penn’s Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC) at 37th and Chestnut is a small, narrow lot. For many years, it was just that—a backyard space that GIC students and staff used occasionally for barbecues and receptions. Aside from a couple of new flowerpots, it was mostly unkempt; weeds speckled the yellowed grass and tangled grape […]

Transforming Understanding of the Native American Experience

From the Director

By: Julian Siggers

In the last issue of Expedition, I introduced our new mission statement: The Penn Museum transforms understanding of the human experience. Native American Voices, the first exhibition to open since we distilled what we do in the context of this mission, will transform understanding of the issues facing Native Americans by presenting objects which represent […]

Native American Voices Today

From the Guest Editor

By: Lucy Fowler Williams

This special issue of Expedition is an extension of our new exhibition, Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now, and highlights Native American sovereignty through the work of some of today’s most talented Native leaders, several of whom are here at Penn. Native Americans hold a special status in our country as members of sovereign […]

Being Hopi

When does a child realize her ethnicity?

By: Patty Talahongva

I never saw myself as separate or different as a child growing up in Denver, Colorado. Perhaps it was because my classmates in Headstart were a diverse bunch. Perhaps it was because the powwows my family attended had both Native and non-Native people coming together. Perhaps it was because Denver was a mixed race city. […]

Researching the Pueblo Revolt of 1680

By: Joseph R. Aguilar

On August 10, 1680, the Pueblo people, along with their Navajo and Apache allies, orchestrated what is arguably the most successful indigenous insurrection against a European colonial power in the New World. The uprising, led by Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo leader Popé, laid siege to and captured the capital of Santa Fe while missions at pueblos […]

A History of Government Policies

By: John E. Echohawk

Domestic Dependent Nations In 1831, the U.S. Supreme Court held that an Indian nation was not a foreign nation but rather a domestic dependent nation under the jurisdiction of the federal government. The Cherokee Nation had sought to sue the state of Georgia in the Supreme Court under the Court’s jurisdiction to hear cases between […]

In the Galleries – Winter 2013

Native American Voices: The People –Here and Now Leave preconceptions behind and discover a living tapestry of Nations with distinct histories and unexpected identities. In Native American Voices: The People–Here and Now, a new long-term interactive exhibition, visitors will encounter contemporary themes in Native American culture. Highlighting more than 300 traditional and modern objects from […]

Threatened and Damaged: Protecting Sacred Places

By: Suzan Shown Harjo

Eagles disappear into the sun surrounded by light from the face of Creation then scream their way home with burning Messages of mystery and power some are given to snake doctors and ants and turtles and salmon to heal the world with order and patience Messages for holy places in the heart of Mother Earth […]

Seeing One’s Creative Process

By: C. Maxx Stevens

Artist and professor C. Maxx Stevens examines her method of visual storytelling. Because objects can “speak” in the same way that people speak, the materials I choose are important to the work. I am a very quiet person and need these objects to be my voice. My work as a contemporary Native artist tries to […]

Looking Back – December 2013

By: Eric W. Schnittke

Editor’s note: This photograph and the story behind it recall an era of violence when Native American voices were silenced. Today’s Native American leaders are influencing public discourse and policy on all kinds of issues including Indigenous sovereignty, human rights, and cultural heritage. Ashishishe, also known as Curley, was born in 1856 into the Crow […]