Kenyon College’s Greenslade Special Collections and Archives contain a rich assortment of nineteenth-century visual and literary works that chronicle the colonization of the American West. From Henry Schoolcraft’s multi-volume examination of the Native American race to George Catlin’s drawings of the “Vanishing Indian,” the birth of a white, nineteenth-century American creation story was rooted in the control and production of knowledge, narration, and art. The white male explorers, ethnographers and painters who produced these texts also constructed an enduring image of the West that, as seen in the illustrations by Winold Reiss, evolved into the early twentieth century. In fact, many Americans continue to understand associated myths of American Indians as authentic and objective. Explore these weapons of domination with your own eyes and uncover how words, much like forced removal and confinement, have aided the dispossession of American Indians from both their homelands and our memories.
Curated by Patrick Bottiger, assistant professor of history, and Austin Porter, assistant professor of art history, the exhibition is open to the public, free of charge, during regular hours in Greenslade Special Collections & Archives, Olin Library.
Friday, May 4
Olin and Chalmers Libraries, Greenslade Special Collections & Archives
103 College Drive, Gambier, OH 43022