The College at Brockport presents:
Serving Time at The Mush Hole: Visual Testimony of R. G. Miller-Lahiaaks
(Mohawk, Six Nations)
Oct. 24 – Dec. 9, 2013
The Tower Art Gallery at the College of Brockport is pleased to announce the opening of a visiting exhibition of original works by artist R. G. Miller-Lahiaaks (Mohawk, from Six Nations Territory). The artworks represent, in the words of Miller, “a combination of vague, mundane memories of years at the school, and flashes of horror experienced there. They are the strongest memories I could approach without descending into a place I would not be able to emerge from.”
The “Mush Hole” was the nickname of the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School, located in Brantford, Ontario. It was one of over a hundred such institutions established by the Canadian government during 1870-1990, and run by various Christian Churches, with the stated aim of “killing the Indian inside the child.” Today, the legacy of these ‘schools’ is being investigated by a national truth and reconciliation commission, established by the Canadian government. Based on Anthropology Professor Neal Keating’s research on the Indian residential school system (including the Mush Hole), this system manifested many of the characteristics associated with genocide and gross crimes against humanity. This exhibit explores these through Miller’s art, which testifies to his experience as a student-inmate at the Mush Hole for 11 years, where he was subjected to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse at the hands of Church authorities.
Dr. Keating publishes an article in the Dec. 2013 issue of Asia Pacific Viewpoint, an international journal.
Dr. Ramsay publishes an article in the Dec. 2013 issue of Journal of Arid Environments, an international journal.
Dr. Keating presents a paper at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting in Chicago, Ill. on Nov. 21.
Dr. Ramsay presents with former student, Amanda Foley (graduate student at Ohio State) at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Balitmore, MD. on Nov 21.
Dr. Keating was recently interviewed by the Democrat and Chronicle about the art exhibit opening Oct. 24 that he is curating. The show is titled, "“Mush Hole Remembered: R.G. Miller”.
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