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“The Heart is a Fist” presents recent works by artists from Haskell Indian Nations University and Sydney Pursel. The title comes from Joy Harjo’s poem, Break My Heart, in which she writes, “The heart is a fist / It pockets prayer or holds rage.” Accordingly, artwork in this exhibition “pocket prayer” and “hold rage,” some featuring the red hand of solidarity for missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). The works also present careful examinations of other issues that matter to Indigenous Americans, such as ancestral connections, boarding schools, native stereotypes, and humor.  


Let each work and the accompanying text lead the way into thoughtful meditation and remembrance of American histories that haunt as well as exalt us." -David Titterington, Instructor of Art, Haskell Indian Nations University

Exhibition Dates: OCT 12 - NOV 4, 2022 | M-F, 9am-5pm
Reception: SUN, OCT 23 | 2pm-4pm with Panel Discussion at 3pm


Molly Adams Cherokee 

Alia Ballou Navajo & Cherokee

James Benson Cherokee Nation

Miranda Bradford Citizen Potawatomi

Dominique Brown Navajo

Jana Burnett Osage

Mia Chamberlin Cherokee

Michael Conard Mvskoke Creek Nation

Kaya Friday Northern Arapaho

Ransom Garza Kiowa

Arianna Green Cheyenne and Arapaho

Alyssiana Gonzalez  Ihanktonwan Nakota

Alexandra Holder Oglala Lakota, Winnebago, Sauk & Fox, Wichita, Northern Cheyenne

Uriah Little Hoop Oglala, Sicangu Lakota, Dine

Sylvester Luther Wichita and Kiowa

Tanay McKinney Citizen Potawatomi

Reice Morgan Muscogee  

Jay P. Pewenofkit Absentee Shawnee, Apache, Comanche

Olivia Jett Rodriguez Cheyenne & Arapaho

David Tah Apache Tribe of Oklahoma

Yvonne C. Trujillo Taos Pueblo

Chante Wallette Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians

Alexis Whitehorn-Coriz Three Affiliated Tribes

**This exhibit was made possible by the Edgar Heap of Birds Family Gallery Fund.

If interested in supporting , please visit www.kuendowment.org/heap**

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