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2024 | Here in a Homemade Forest: Indigenous Arts Talk

February 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Installation image and detail of bag

Here in a Homemade Forest: Indigenous Arts Talk with Michael Holloman and Jacy Sohappy
Thursday, February 22, 12:00pm–1:00pm

IN PERSON | Pavilion Gallery, Schnitzer Museum WSU

LIVESREAM | WSU Global Campus YouTube Channel

Join us for a talk with Michael Holloman and Jacy Sohappy, who will speak about Indigenous weaving and beading practices as they relate to artworks and cultural materials featured in the exhibition Here in a Homemade Forest: Common Reading Connections. Guest curator Michael Holloman will emphasize the importance of intergenerational knowledge and the artworks as living items, not only in relation to the materials from which they are made, but also in how they are used in community. Visiting artist Jacy Sohappy will add context based on her personal experiences as a maker. Sohappy will also lead two Round Bag Weaving Workshops at the museum on February 23rd and February 24th.

The talk will take place in the museum’s Pavilion Gallery and will also be livestreamed and recorded for those who cannot attend in person.


ABOUT THE CURATOR | Michael Holloman is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation and associate professor in the Department of Art at Washington State University. He also serves as Coordinator of Native Arts Outreach and Education in the College of Arts and Sciences WSU and Board Chair for Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts. From 2010-2014 he was the director of the WSU Plateau Center for American Indian Studies. Prior he was the director of American Indian exhibits, collection management and educational programming at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane, WA.

ABOUT THE ARTIST | Jacy Sohappy, Taamamno Ilp Ilp (Red Hummingbird), is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation and was born and raised in the Mission/Pendleton area. She descends from the Cayuse, Nez Perce and Yakama Tribes. She grew up in the tribal longhouse, traveling Indian country on the pow wow trail and medicine dances, learning how to preserve Native cultural identity and teachings from her grandmother, Loretta “Lonnie” Alexander (Pinkham). Sohappy has followed in her grandmother’s footsteps as a gatherer, seamstress and painter. These teachings have seeped into her artwork, expressing her dedication to preserving Native culture and identity for the future of our children. Jacy looks forward to working with all of you. One heart. One mind.


Co-sponsored by the Common Reading Program and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU, with special thanks to Global Campus.

Funding for this program was provided by the David G. Pollart Center for Arts and Humanities, Nancy Spitzer, and Patrick & Elizabeth Siler.



The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is located in the Crimson Cube (on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium and the CUB) on the WSU Pullman campus.


Kristin Becker


Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU
1535 NE Wilson RD
Pullman, WA 99164-7301 United States
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