Programs & Events

Thursday, October 7, 2021, 7 pm

Honoring Indigenous Peoples Day: Ute Elder Forrest Cuch on History and Healing
Virtual Event

Forrest Cuch, Ute Tribal Elder and former Director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, will discuss the history of oppression of the Utah Tribes within the context of the Doctrine of Discovery, a principle of international law that was used to justify centuries of colonial violence against Indigenous peoples. Cuch will explore the still-present effects of this Doctrine and provide insight into a broad range of issues impacting Indigenous communities in the U.S. today. He will also share his thoughts on how to learn from the past and build a more just and equitable world for all.

This program builds on Cyrus Dallin’s lifelong commitment to listening to and learning from the Ute people, with whom established close relationships during his formative years in Utah Territory.

Forrest S. Cuch is an enrolled member of the Ute Indian Tribe. He was born and raised on the Uintah and Ouray Ute Indian Reservation. While at the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, Forrest edited the 2003 publication A History of Utah’s American Indians, featuring the writing and research of Indigenous authors and historians. He served as the education director for the Ute Tribe and as a planner and administrator for the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah. Forrest is now a dedicated conservationist and serves on the board of Pax Natura, an organization devoted to fighting climate change. He is also a member of the Friends of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum advisory committee.

This event is free but donations are welcome. Register here!
A Zoom link to the program will be sent to your email address once registration is complete. For more information, contact nblanton@dallin.org.

Past Program Videos

Sculpture in Service of Social Justice: Cyrus Dallin’s Tributes to this Land’s Indigenous Peoples
Aired February 16, 2021

Heather Leavell, Cyrus Dallin Art Museum Director and Curator, explores the history of Cyrus Dallin’s Menotomy Hunter, Massasoit Ousamequin, and Appeal to the Great Spirit in the context of the sculptor’s work as an Indigenous rights activist and educator. Learn how Dallin employed his position as an internationally acclaimed sculptor to advance Indigenous rights through humanizing portrayals of Indigenous peoples, extensive public education, and efforts to reform harmful federal vanishing policies. Leavell discusses Dallin’s close, collaborative relationships with Indigenous leaders and non-Native activists, and the positive impacts of their work together. She also shares what allies today might learn from Dallin’s example.

NewTV’s Museum Open House – Cyrus Dallin Art Museum
Aired October 26, 2020

The Dallin Museum was recently featured on Museum Open House, a show produced by NewTV (Newton, MA) that highlights outstanding museums and cultural organizations throughout the region. This episode features a behind-the-scenes tour spotlighting significant works in the collection, a brief illustrated history of Cyrus Dallin, and a discussion about the Museum’s founding and current activities.


Virtual Unveiling of Auvers-sur-Oise
Aired: Thursday, October 15, 2020

Experience the unveiling of a newly acquired and restored Cyrus Dallin painting from the comfort of your own home! The c. 1890 oil on canvas entitled Village Road, Auvers-sur-Oise, was given to the Museum as a long-term loan by Cyrus Dallin’s great granddaughter Patricia McCabe. Our virtual unveiling will feature an interview with Patricia, who will share some special family memories and anecdotes. Director Heather Leavell will discuss the restoration process, and Board Director Geri Tremblay will explore the reasons why such a celebrated sculptor would also love to paint.

We are grateful to Arlington Community Media, Inc. for assisting us in producing this program and to the Arlington Cultural Council for funds to support the restoration of Auvers-sur-Oise. The ACC is a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Menotomy Hunter and Native American Images: Virtual Forum and Discussion
Aired: Thursday, October 8, 2020

Against the backdrop of the national dialogue over Native American sports mascots, community members in Arlington have been questioning the appropriateness of using Cyrus Dallin’s Menotomy Hunter as a logo or mascot for town entities. This virtual forum will explore the history of the Hunter statue and associated imagery and center Indigenous perspectives on the appropriation of Native American imagery by non-Native groups. Organized by the Arlington Human Rights Commission in partnership with the Dallin Museum and Arlington Public Schools.

Panelists:
Faries Gray, Sagamore of the Massachusett Tribe of Ponkapoag
Danielle Kost, Resident and Algonquin tribe member
Kimberly Kost Okitsu, Resident and Algonquin tribe member
Heather Leavell, Director & Curator of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum
Dr. Matthew Janger, AHS principal
Louisa Baldwin, AHS student