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.