Always Here

Main Gallery

December 9, 2022 – January 21, 2023

Reception: Friday, December 9

5:30 – 7:00 PM

Artist Talks: Friday, December 9, 5:30 pm

Recording Available Here.

When thinking of Native American art, many viewers might immediately conjure images of traditional wood carvings, woven baskets, or maybe even a wool blanket. Always Here seeks to interrupt that construct and change how viewers define Indigenous art created by Native artists with direct ancestral connections to local lands. Always Here focuses on the contemporary Native experience by responding to the past, present, and future of Native identities.

-UR NDN Friends

Always Here: Artist Talk with Steph Littlebird

Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 4:30 PM

Artist Steph Littlebird speaks about her artwork in the Always Here exhibition at The Arts Center; specifically about her personal connection to Kalapuyan Land, and how her work engages with conversations around environmental, land and human rights. A short Q&A will follow Littlebird’s presentation.

An audio recording of the event will be available via TAC Makes: A Podcast.

Saturday, January 14, 2023, 1:30 PM

Marta Lu Parazoo Clifford is a tribal elder and member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde (Chinook, Cree) Marta is a native of Oregon and strives to always be a good caretaker of the world we live in. She currently serves as the Tribal Elder-In-residence for the University of Oregon Native theater courses, under the direction of Theresa May. As Elder-in-residence at UO, Marta Lu helps engage students in Indigenous history and critical perspectives. Students learn about Oregon Native history, Indigenous methodologies, and the ways in which Native artists have used theater to tell their stories. She also assists in coordinating the public readings of Native plays at the Many Nations Longhouse on campus. She is committed to ensuring Native plays and playwrights are shown, developed, and shared in the community. She is an actress, a writer of stories and plays, and a storyteller. In 2020 Marta, Theresa May, and Lori Tapahonso (Dine`, Acoma Pueblo) founded the illioo Native Theatre. Illioo means joyful in the language of the Kalapuya people, who were the first people of the land where the theatre group was formed. Marta does tours of the Kalapuya Talking Stones for University of Oregon students for Native Studies, History, and Theater classes.

In 2011 Marta played the part of the Tribal Elder (Rose) in the production of Salmon Is Everything at the UO. Then in 2019 Marta was Nana in the production of The Home Planet also at the UO. Marta has taken part in many staged play readings: Salmon Is Everything, Sliver of a Full Moon, The Edward Curtis Project, The Girl who Swam forever, and The Woman Who Was a Red Deer Dressed for the Deer Dance. Marta played the grandmother when the Woman Who Was a Red Deer Dressed for the Deer Dance was performed in Hood River Oregon in March of 2022 as a production of illioo Native Theatre in Eugene, OR.

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The Always Here exhibit was made possible by The Ford Family Foundation.