December 18, 2015
Sonya Kelliher-Combs speaks about the museum’s series of Curated Conversations
While we curate objects, we also believe in creating opportunities for discussion as a way to bring people together and build community. Our Curated Conversations program explores issues facing the North that have global impact.
Through a series of curated conversations, we bring together individuals from a variety of perspectives. Part of the series focuses on Indigenous perspectives. Guest-curated by Sonya Kelliher-Combs, an internationally known artist and Indigenous advocate, these discussions are multi-platform, inviting artists, leaders and scientists to address common misperceptions of the North and to foster critical commentary about these issues.
Why focus on Indigenous perspectives?
S K-C: Throughout history these voices have been stifled; it is time for them to be heard. These are meant to be fluid conversations that open a dialogue. I would be happy if this series helped elevate and connect the voices of Indigenous people through creativity and conversation.
What’s most satisfying to you about the Curated Conversations program?
S K-C: Being able to share with the public amazing artists, scientists and advocates like James Luna, Candice Hopkins, Gary Ferguson, Charlene Teters, James Stotts, Da-ka-xeen Mehner, and Jessie Kleemann – people who are engaged in their respective fields.
What are some of your goals for the series?
S K-C: Future Curated Conversations will focus on what it means to be a Northerner, Arctic music and sound, and harvesting plants and animals in the North. The ultimate goal is to link people across the North and foster understanding through dialogue. The most important thing is that these conversations continue.
Curated Conversations is made possible through the generous support of Gana-A’Yoo.