Twice Removed: Native American Life After Relocation, is organized by Daniel Pewewardy, a Comanche filmmaker and comedian living in Wichita. In 2022, they were selected as a screenwriting fellow in the Sundance Institute Indigenous Program’s Native Lab. Pewewardy holds a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Oklahoma and is an adult services librarian at the Wichita Public Library. They currently serve as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Mid-America All-Indian Museum.
The central theme of Twice Removed is present-day Indigenous life. The works of art exhibited were created by living Native artists from a variety of tribal nations. Encompassing a variety of mediums and styles, including video, photography, and ledger art, the works of art blend traditional and contemporary elements and exemplify the dynamic and adaptable spirit of Native culture.
WAM’s Cessna Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting art by local artists. This space is a partnership with Harvester Arts, a local nonprofit art organization fostering opportunities for Wichita creatives. Their core values of experimentation, capacity building, and community engagement are a framework for this partnership, which includes this exhibition space and programming with local creatives, including performances, talks, and pop-up experiences.
Twice Removed: Native American Life After Relocation is on view through Saturday, November 26, 2023.