9/9 Native South Art Exhibition on display at Museum of the Southeast American Indian

Ray Littleturtle
Chevron Lowery won first place for his portrait of Ray Littleturtle

Two weeks remain to explore the 9|9 Native South Art Exhibition at the Museum of the Southeast American Indian. The show will end on April 6, 2024. The art exhibition celebrates American Indian artists representing the eight tribes in North Carolina.

Nancy Strickland Fields, museum director and curator, said the 9|9 Native South Art Exhibition gives visitors insight into the culture and history of Native Americans.

"These works represent native culture and identity," Fields said. "A lot of these works dispel stereotypes. They are very authentic. They come from the heart. They reveal the Native experience in a way that is meaningful." 

The exhibit features many works of art, including compelling paintings, sculptures, beadwork and other genres of art. Prizes were awarded with first place going to Chevron Lowery for his portrait of Ray Littleturtle. Karen Rhodes won second place for her Lumbee Patchwork entitled "My World: My People." Cindy Locklear won third place for her basket-woven quiver.

"The work from Native people all over the southeast was truly incredible," Cindy Locklear said. "It was an honor to have my work displayed, but it was amazing that my quiver placed third in the show! And my sister Karen won second place with her pinecone patchwork."

The museum is in Old Main on the The University of North Carolina at Pembroke campus. The mission of the Museum of the Southeast American Indian is to educate and serve the public about the prehistory, history, culture, art, and contemporary issues of American Indians, with particular emphasis on American Indian communities of Robeson County, N.C., and the American Southeast; to conduct scholarly research; to collect and preserve the material culture of Native America; to encourage American Indian artists and crafts persons; and to cooperate on a wide range of research and service projects with other institutions and agencies concerned with American Indians.