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"Indigenous Roots/Routes: Contested Histories, Contemporary Experiences," an exhibition at Penn State University Libraries

The University Libraries' current Special Collections exhibition reflects on the past five centuries of colonization and cultural exchange among Indigenous Peoples, Europeans, Africans, and Americans. The exhibition draws upon art and textual works to explore the processes of social, religious and political adaptation, what it means to be rooted in or unrooted from one's land, and how searching out unfamiliar routes forces others to travel new ones. Works are drawn from Penn State's Matson Museum of Anthropology and Palmer Museum of Art as well as the Eberly Family Special Collections Library. Highlights of the rare books on display from the Special Collections Library include facsimiles of pre-Columbian codices, early texts by Antonio de Solís and John Smith, a page from the first Bible printed in North America in 1663 and translated into the Massachuset language spoken by Native Americans in eastern New England, and early 20th-century books written and designed by Indigenous women such as Pauline Johnson and Angel de Cora. Together the materials encourage us to question how history is written and how it informs contemporary works by Indigenous artists and activists including Robin Wall Kimmerer and Thomas Greyeyes. "Indigenous Roots/Routes" is curated by Samantha Davis, a Ph.D. candidate in history at Penn State; Clara Drummond, exhibitions coordinator in Special Collections; and Amara Solari, associate professor of art history and anthropology. The exhibition is scheduled for display through March 15, 2020, in the Special Collections Exhibition Gallery, 104 Paterno Library. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, except for special holiday hours. The gallery is closed on Saturdays. For monthly hours of operation, visit: For more information, including questions about accommodations and physical access, email or call 814-865-1793.
special collections;Indigenous Peoples;Native Americans;University Libraries;Penn State
Event Info: (814) 865-1793
Ages: All ages
Price: Free
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 • Mon 2/17/20 - Sun 3/15/20 at 9am-5pm 

Penn State University – Pattee-Paterno Libraries
address  107 Pattee Library Rd.
 University Park, PA  16802
phone (814) 865-6368