Stewart Indian School subject of exhibit

“Stereo Wire Basket”, Loretta Burden

On display now at the Truckee Recreation Center is the exhibit, “The Story and the Art of Stewart Indian School,” a thoughtful representation honoring the lives and stories of Native American students who were forced into the U.S. governments assimilation policy from 1890 to 1980. The exhibit, sponsored by the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum and co-sponsored by Truckee Public Arts Commission, presents an opportunity to learn the history of a neighboring community, depicted through photography and art.

The artworks spanning decades by artists of Numu (Northern Paiute), Nuwu (Southern Paiute), Wašiw (Washo) and Newe (Western Shoshone) ancestry, whose tribes accounted for the first class of Stewart School students in 1890. Large panel photographs of Native students and classroom artifacts accompany recent works, illuminating a long history of trauma and resilience.

The exhibit is on display until Oct. 20, after which time it moves to the University of Nevada, Reno. | nevadacountyarts.org