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Native American Artist Blends Old with New at the Field Museum

By Jackie Kostek | September 27, 2013 11:36am | Updated on September 30, 2013 8:32am
Bunky Echo-Hawk
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MUSEUM CAMPUS — For the "Bunky Echo-Hawk: Modern Warrior" exhibit — which begins its yearlong run at the Field Museum on Friday — the Native American artist worked with curator Alaka Wali to blend the old with the new.

Echo-Hawk selected historic artifacts from the Field's collections — including a 100-year-old Pawnee drum and small beaded paint pouches — to be featured side by side with his colorful paintings and contemporary designs. Also a musician, Echo-Hawk's music plays in the exhibit.

Echo-Hawk said many people refer to Native American culture "in the past tense." He hopes the exhibit helps people understand that Native American culture is still happening today.

For a preview of the exhibit and to listen to Echo-Hawk talk about his work, watch the video.