The National Veterans Art Museum is excited to present Original Warrior, our new exhibition which explores the complex Native American relationships between warrior and community, warrior and war, and warrior and service.
Original Warrior features the work of Native American artists: Rick Bartow, Miridith Campbell, T.C. Cannon, Melissa Doud, Teri Greeves, John Hitchcock, Tom Jones, Monty Little, Clarence Monegar, Lloyd Kiva New, and Horace Poolaw.
Native American nations have a long tradition of honoring and welcoming veterans back into their community after a time of war. For instance, pow wows have kept their focus on celebrating community and cultural traditions even as the expressive elements used–fabrics, colors and songs–continue to evolve over time. Melissa Doud's (Lac Du Flambeau-Chippewa) piece, "Bullet Dress," is a case in point. "Bullet Dress" takes the traditional form of a pow wow celebration jingle dress but is composed of camouflage fabric and empty shell casings brought back from Doud's tour in Iraq. “Creating this dress after I came back from Iraq was part of my healing journey," Doud says. " Now I dance for others and can display the path I went through to get here."