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Art Exhibit Raises Awareness on Violence Against Native American Women

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: January 04, 2019 10:15 PM

An art exhibit dedicated to Native American women affected by violence and human trafficking took place Friday at the Powless Cultural Center. The art work was created by people in the region impacted by the issue.

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AICHO, a local Native American organization, went beyond the statistics and put an emotional and visual image to the women that have been killed or have gone missing due to the violence and trafficking that exists now.

The art exhibit was called Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island.

Turtle Island is the name Native Americans use for North America. 

The art exhibit featured a variety of paintings, ceramics, and photographs that showed pain and resilience. Each art display had a story that explained and showed a shocking reality that Native American women face.

Murdered and missing indigenous women are often times underreported. Nationwide reports indicate indigenous women are murdered at more than ten times the national average.

The art exhibit has been featured through several locations across the state.

"All the audiences that are coming in here are going to be seeing a slightly different perspective that reaffirms the existence of indigenous people through art work,” Moira Villiard, the AICHO arts & cultural program coordinator, said.

Several community members came out to support the event and got a deeper understanding of the indigenous wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, who were ripped apart from their families.

The exhibit not only honored their memory, but it also put into perspective the need to stop the violence and trafficking.

The exhibit was free to the public but AICHO was accepting donations that will go towards expanding their domestic violence shelter.

The art exhibit shed light to a problem that needs to end and that affects thousands of indigenous women.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

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Alejandra Palacios

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