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.
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Dr. Keating presents a paper at the Association for Asian Studies Conference in Chicago, March 25–29.
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Dr. Esara Carroll talks about International Women's Day on WXXI's Morning
Edition radio program, March 2015.
Dr. Ramsay publishes an article in Mediterranean Archaeology, September 2014.
Have a great summer! We will see you in the fall!