Savages and Princesses: The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes


Stereotypes of Native American peoples are ubiquitous and familiar. The exhibition Savages and Princess: The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes brings together thirteen contemporary Native American visual artists who reclaim their right to represent their identities as Native Americans. Whether using humor, subtlety, or irony, the telling is always fiercely honest and dead-on. Images and styles are created from traditional, contemporary, and mass culture forms.

The exhibition, originally presented at Tulsa’s 108|Contemporary in 2016, intends to counteract the disappearance of Native portrayals. It embraces Native Americans’ power to replace stereotypical images that permeate the current pop culture landscape. Recognizing that stereotypes often occur without conscious awareness, the exhibition includes didactic information that explores common stereotypes about Native peoples that are falsehoods, followed by the truths behind them.

According to exhibition curator America Meredith, American society has great difficulty acknowledging its past with Native peoples or allowing them visibility in the present. The exhibition’s artists use the unexpected—humor, emotion, or shock—to encourage viewers to question and challenge stereotypes, even unspoken, unacknowledged ones.

Cherokee Nation artist and arts writer America Meredith is a graduate of both the San Francisco Art Institute and the University of Oklahoma. She has curated many exhibitions featuring Native American artists and subject matter and uses Cherokee culture and language in her work.

The artists represented are:

Matthew Bearden (Citizen Potawatomi-Kickapoo-Blackfeet-Lakota) mixed media artist, painter, Tulsa, OK

Heidi BigKnife (Shawnee Tribe), jeweler, Tulsa, OK

Mel Cornshucker (United Keetoowah Band), ceramic artist, Tulsa, OK

Tom Farris (Otoe-Missouria-Cherokee), mixed media artist, Norman, OK

Anita Fields (Osage-Muscogee), ceramic artist, Stillwater, OK

Kenny Glass (Wyandotte-Cherokee), textile artist, regalia  maker, Tahlequah, OK

Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee), photographer, Tulsa, OK

Juanita Pahdopony (Comanche), sculptor, Lawton, OK

K. H. Poole (Caddo-Delaware), draftsperson, Oklahoma City, OK

Zach Presley (Chickasaw), collage and digital artist, Durant, OK

Hoka Skenandore (Oneida-Oglala Lakota-Luiseño), mixed  media artist, Shawnee, OK

Karin Walkingstick (Cherokee Nation), ceramic artist, Claremore, OK

Micah Wesley (Muscogee-Kiowa), mixed media artist, Norman, OK

The exhibition was made possible in part by a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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Tour Schedule

Savages and Princesses: The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes is touring April 2019 through March 2024. The dates below reflect seven-week exhibition periods. Dates are subject to change; please contact or (800) 473-3872 x208/209 for current availability.

  • April 6–May 25, 2019 Willa Cather Foundation
    Red Cloud, NE
  • July 5–October 19, 2019 Tamástslikt Culture Institute
    Pendleton, OR
  • November 10, 2019–March 16, 2020 Johnson County Museum
    Overland Park, KS
  • April 6–May 25, 2020
  • June 16–August 11, 2020
  • September 1–October 20, 2020 Seminole Nation Museum
    Wewoka, OK
  • November 10, 2020-January 7, 2021 The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art
    St. Petersburg, FL
  • January 28–March 16, 2021 Kenosha Public Museum
    Kenosha, WI
  • April 6–May 25, 2021
  • June 16–August 11, 2021
  • September 1, 2021-October 20, 2021
  • November 10, 2021–January 7, 2022 Refurbishment
    Kansas City, MO
  • January 28–March 16, 2022
  • April 6-May 25, 2022
  • June 16-October 20, 2022 Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County
    Moorhead, MN
  • November 10, 2022–January 7, 2023
  • January 28–March 16, 2023
  • April 6–May 25, 2023
  • June 16–August 11, 2023
  • September 1–October 20, 2023
  • November 10, 2023–January 7, 2024
  • January 28–March 16, 2024

Exhibition Details

approximately 59 works of art by thirteen artists

  • Content

    Fee Includes
    Press Kit
    Registrar’s Packet
    Programming Guide
    Gallery Guide
    Text Panels
    Narrative Labels
    Full Insurance
    Installation Instructions
    Custom-Designed and Built Crates

  • Curated By

    America Meredith, Cherokee Nation artist and arts writer

  • Organized By

    108|Contemporary, Tulsa, OK

  • Out-of-Region Rental Fee


  • In-Region Rental Fee


  • Duration

    7-week display

  • Shipping

    Fine Art

  • Running Feet


  • Square Feet


  • Security

    Moderate D

  • Number of Crates/Total Weight

    7 crates/TBD

  • Insurance

    The exhibition is fully insured by ExhibitsUSA at no additional expense to you, both while installed and during transit.