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June 15, 2019
Times: 1:00-2:00 PM

Location: MAM

Photo: Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos), Seven Cedar Bark Bundles, Red Cedar bark, no date, Courtesy of the artist



Saturday, June 15, 1 pm

The second talk in this conversation series is with Lily Gervais and Donnie Wetzel, both Blackfeet tribal members. Lily Gervais is a licensed clinical and addiction social worker and works as the clinic director at the Missoula Urban Indian Health Center. Donnie Wetzel interfaces with Indigenous youth across the state as the American Indian Youth Development Coordinator for the Indigenous Montana Behavioral Institute, Office of Public Instruction.

MAM’s summer exhibitions explore relevant issues of migration and immigration. Gervais and Wetzel will discuss how historical memory, trauma, misrepresentation, and displacement impact American Indian communities today and the movement to shift thinking toward a reconciliation with the past in order to thrive. This event is made possible by support from the Cultural Vision Fund and The Llewellyn Foundation.

This series of Saturday afternoon discussions complement MAM’s contemporary American Indian exhibitions, and is aimed at providing a platform for research, innovation, and traditional knowledge by American Indian artists, scholars, researchers, and cultural advocates. Free and open to the public. This series is timed to follow MAM’s Saturday Family Workshops, so come to make art, bring a sack lunch, and stay for the talk!

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