OLEAN – “Stirring the Pot: Bringing Home Wanamaker Photos” is set to open today at the Central Gallery of Jamestown Community College’s Cattaraugus County Campus.
The exhibit will remain on view from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through March 11, with a panel discussion scheduled for noon on February 9.
Organized by Drs. Fileve Palmer and Joe Stahlman, Stirring the Pot is a digital repatriation project that uses images from the collection of over 8,000 photos taken by Joseph Dixon as part of a commercial attempt to photograph Native American life between 1908 and 1921 .
Extending the work done on the Tuscarora Indian Nation to other Iroquois nations, Stirring the Pot collected stories from living descendants of the people in Wanamaker’s photos and photographed them with their ancestors. By allowing people to choose their favorite locations, adornments and poses, participants participated in building their own visual narratives.
Palmer works as a regional development associate at Southern Tier West and is an adjunct professor of anthropology at JCC. She has over 20 years of experience teaching high school and college courses. Her research focuses on education related to the formation and representation of identity.
As a Rotary Ambassador Scholar and Fulbright Scholar in 2010 and 2011, respectively, Palmer started a youth-led photo-ethnography project in South Africa that allowed her to use her visual arts background to further explore Creole identity.
Stahlman is the director of the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum of the Seneca Nation and the Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center in Salamanca. He is a scholar and researcher of Tuscarora origin. He has over 20 years of experience in research with First Peoples. Her research focuses on culture and history, as well as on-going socio-economic, health and wellness projects with Indigenous communities.
Panelists scheduled to participate Feb. 9 include Dr. Laticia McNaughton (Kanienʼkehá꞉ka – Wolf Clan), artist, activist and clinical professor at the University at Buffalo; Patti Fischer (Skarù∙ręʔ – Beaver Clan), Tuscarora resident and community activist; Brett Maybee (Onöndowa’ga), producer of Gaënö’, a nationally syndicated weekly show with Native Voice: Native American Radio Network; and Carson Waterman (Onöndowa’ga – Snipe Clan), a master painter, activist and educator.
Exhibition and debate are free and open to the public. The Center Gallery is located inside JCC’s College Center at 260 N. Union St. in Olean.
In accordance with JCC COVID-19 protocols, face masks must be worn by participants regardless of their vaccination status.