Toledo Museum of Art May 1 Programs Focus on Native American Life

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Area residents of all ages can learn more about Native American life and traditions through two free programs planned May 1 at the Toledo Museum of Art.

At 1 p.m. that Sunday, Martin Nagy of Seven Eagles Historical Center near Grand Rapids, Ohio, will present “Experience the Native Woodland material culture with ‘Lightfoot’” in the Little Theater.

Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands inhabited northwest Ohio for centuries. Learn how “Lightfoot,” the Native American Nagy portrays, utilized natural resources such as bone, stone, flora and fauna as well as hear about the art and material culture of these early Ohioans.

As a special guest artist of the Family Center, Jamie Oxendine, a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, will share his cultural traditions through storytelling and offer a special family tour through the exhibition Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection from 2 to 4 p.m.

A Toledo resident, Oxendine performs and lectures on Native American culture throughout the country. He is a spokesperson for SouthEastern WaterSpider, a Native American drum group that specializes in Eastern Woodland culture, and is director of the Black Swamp InterTribal Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and support of Native Americans.

Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection is on view now through May 8 in the Museum’s Canaday Gallery. The exhibition features approximately 120 masterworks selected from the holdings of Charles and Valerie Diker, one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of its kind in private hands.

The traveling exhibition encompasses a remarkable range of cultural and historical diversity, reflecting artistic traditions defined by geography, media and common pasts while emphasizing the interrelated themes of diversity, beauty and knowledge. David W. Penney of the Smithsonian Institution, an internationally recognized scholar of American Indian art, curated the show.

Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection was organized by the American Federation of Arts. Itwas made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the JFM Foundation and Mrs. Donald M. Cox.

The Toledo Museum of Art’s showing of Indigenous Beauty is sponsored in part by 2016 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica, Taylor Cadillac and Dorothy MacKenzie Price, with support from members of the Toledo Museum of Art and the Ohio Arts Council sustainability grant program.

Admission to the Museum is free. For more information, visit

About the American Federation of Arts

The American Federation of Arts is the leader in traveling exhibitions internationally. A nonprofit organization founded in 1909, the AFA is dedicated to enriching the public’s experience and understanding of the visual arts through organizing and touring art exhibitions for presentation in museums around the world, publishes exhibition catalogues featuring important scholarly research and developing education programs.

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