Katrina Talei Igglesden with Taloi Havini, Leah Lui-Chivizhe & Jordan Wilson
The exhibition Indigenous futures at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology will focus on entangled Indigeneities of the Transpacific Americas, exploring artistic and cultural practices as well as lived experiences of 21st-century Indigeneity.
Indigenous futures will highlight the connections to and relationships with museum things and collections, while also focusing on multifaceted interactive media experiences. Combining traditional and interactive media provides invaluable depth to the exhibition experience as well as opportunities for transmedia storytelling. Live-action online and digitally curated content and/or real-time responses to the physical exhibition’s content will allow a tangible (albeit virtual) connection to the layers of Indigenous continuities that have underpinned the discursive transformation from ‘vanishing people’ to global players. Such media conveys the continued dynamism of 21st-century Indigeneity and establishes an important connection between collections, theme and audience. Artworks and performativity will form a vital aspect of the show. They will not be limited to responses of contemporary artists to the exhibition content but will encompass and speak to the lived realities of 21st-century Indigeneity.
The exhibition will underscore the museum’s role in (re)historicizing and (re)claiming ‘Indigeneity’, with relationships, transmission and liberation weaving themselves into the story, highlighting provenance research and the decolonization of ethnographic knowledge. It will speak to youth and their local/global identities. Theirs is a ‘future’ that extends beyond the generation in which ‘vanishing people’ became global players. What is their lived experience and reality? Artistically showcasing culture as it is lived through collaborative youth participation and engagement will assist in demonstrating the reclamation and development of cultural art forms and narratives through an intertwinement of ancient and futuristic imagery. Following the themes of creative adaptability, relationships, storytelling, global and local experiences, reclamation, community and connection, will enable the exhibition itself to become an ‘Indigenous future’, a performative articulation of continuing entangled Indigeneities of the Transpacific Americas.