5 min excerpt from 30 min performance. The Treaty of 1868 project seeks to reflect on the history of the Plains Indian territories with works made in response to the culture of the Great Plains. Waltemath’s series of large-scale abstract paintings pose a question: If the pictographs made in ancient America are our own Lascaux cave paintings, how can we recognize them as the deep roots of American art? Waltemath’s paintings, whose markings take us back to our most fundamental communicative impulses will be exhibited in conjunction with a performance that aims to explore the roots of this disconnect. Creating an idealized American Indian figure, the Snow Goose Woman and her heroine in the figure of the Red Road Warrior, the performers actions begin as a metaphor for the healing process. The Treaty of 1868 project aims to initiate a catharsis in the cultural psyche resulting from divisive Enlightenment perspectives, especially those of the 19th century.

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