If you’ve been to the American Adventure located inside the World Showcase in Epcot, you’re probably familiar with the small collection of artifacts within the halls. My mom and I have enjoyed looking through the little museum within the building (and we’ve especially enjoyed the Voices of Liberty choir), but we always wished there was more to it. Well, we must not have been the only ones, because Epcot is adding a new exhibit to the pavilion that celebrates Native American art: “Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art”. According to the Disney Parks Blog…
“Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art” is made possible through the collaboration of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, D.C.
Among the featured artists with works on display are 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.
As with other exhibitions that have graced the American Heritage Gallery, this new exhibition will feature interactive elements, where some of the artists will share the creative process and inspirations behind their works in their own words.
I’ve been to the National Museum of the American Indian, and it is absolutely one of my favorite places to visit. Hopefully this new addition to the American Adventure will be a welcoming, educational space.