The American Heritage Gallery at EPCOT Has Exhibit Showcasing Native American Art
For those visiting EPCOT in the days and weeks ahead, there is an exhibition that you’ll definitely want to check out at the American Heritage Gallery located within The American Experience at EPCOT.
Though the exhibit has been at the gallery since 2018, it has recently been updated with new content.
The official name of this stunning showcase of authentic Native artifacts is Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art. Here you’ll also find contemporary works of American Indian art which demonstrates examples of cultural traditions which have been passed down through the generations.
“We recently added the Comanche/Blackfeet regalia from artist Jayne Myers to the exhibit,” said Assistant Producer Jackie Herrera. “It is amazing to be able to showcase the artistry and culture of each of these different Indian tribes for our guests.”
For this stunning project, the Walt Disney Imagineering Collections Management team worked alongside the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American India in Washington D.C. to bring this exhibition to life. Disney also worked closely with the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum of the the Seminole tribal community.
This showcase features interactive displays, immersive storytelling regarding Native communities from seven geographic regions which is a mere fraction of the 574 federally recognized tribes and over 200 state-recognized tribes in the US. You’ll really want to take time to explore this art which represents the richness, depth and diversity of Native cultures.
Some of the artists feature include, fashion designer Loren Aragon (Acoma Pueblo), noted doll-maker Glenda McKay (Ingalik-Athabascan) and Juanita Growing Thunder (Assiniboine Sioux) from the Growing Thunder family of Montana.
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