Indian Princesses And Cowgirls: Stereotypes From The Frontier

Curated by: Marilyn Burgess and Gail Guthrie Valaskakis

Representing the stereotypes of ‘Indian princesses’ and ‘cowgirls’, this exhibition offers a selection of historical images from the turn of the century to mid 20th century, derived from North American popular culture (archival photographs, posters, postcards and more).


Saturday, September 6, 2 pm | Joint lecture by curators Marilyn Burgess and Gail Guthrie Valaskakis

October 12th, 7:30pm | High-Tech Teepee Trauma Mama, a performance by Rebecca Belmore

A performance that poignantly addresses the more personal issue entailed by colonial racism and racist representations. By creating a story-based journey through a present-day landscape of racial segregation and gender inequality, Belmore connects the stereotype of cowgirl and Indian princess and shows them to be two sides of the same coin.

Touring Exhibition

Woodlands Cultural Center, Brantford, ON - Oct 9 - Dec 18, 1998

Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Sk - Feb 27 - April 4, 1998

Whyte Museum of Cnd Rockies, Banff, AB - May 1 - June 20, 1998

Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC - July 3 - Sept 5, 1998

Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MN - Sept 18 - Jan 2, 2000

Leaf Rapids Exhibition Center, Leaf Rapids MN - Feb 4 - Mar 31, 2000

Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK - June 30 - Aug 20, 2000

MSVU Art Gallery, Halifax, NS - Sept 9 - Oct 15, 2000

Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, NB - Oct 27 - Dec 17, 2000

Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, PE - Jan 19 - May 13, 2001

Medicine Hat Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB - Oct 12 - Dec 21, 2001

Blackwood Gallery, U of Toronto, - Jan 9 - Feb 17, 2002

Paddling twin princesses, signed "Rudolph", 1920's
Paddling twin princesses, signed "Rudolph", 1920's
indian princesses and cowgirls, Gallery Invitation
Gallery Invitation
Installation View: Indian Princesses and Cowgirls
Installation view

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