Seattle Exhibit: “Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Indigenous Voices Reply” (May 30 – Nov. 29, 2009)

Burke Museum (Seattle, Washington) – In 1909, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (A-Y-P) celebrated the explosion of development in Washington State since the 1897 Yukon Gold Rush and showcased the resources of the region. Nearly four million visitors to the fair were exposed to representations of indigenous cultures from around the Pacific in ways that would seem abhorrent in 2009. Organizers of the A-Y-P did not have the same standards for cross-cultural understanding that prevail today. Indigenous communities were culturally exploited for entertainment and to promote Western capitalism across the Pacific.

A-Y-P: Indigenous Voices Reply opens May 30 at the Burke Museum. The exhibit will juxtapose historic objects and photographs from the 1909 fair with contemporary artwork by Native artists to explore how the representation and understanding of indigenous people and cultures has changed over 100 years.

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