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The Native Perspective Missing from Design

As much as Native and Native-influenced imagery turns up in apparel, graphic design, product design, and elsewhere, most of these images and themes are been appropriated. There’s a chronic dearth of Native designers or influencers involved in creation. We’re unpacking the systems that made these images possible, and talking about more pro-active systems that can make for more equitable product, and decolonize the design workforce. Join us for a one-hour taping of the OPB show/podcast, State of Wonder, plus post-taping conversations on getting into the industry, and best practices for designers. A very limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Please arrive at 3:30 to line up for them.

Guests include:

Whitney Minthorn — Pendleton-based visual artist, photographer, and high-end photo retoucher specializing in beauty, portrait and fashion.

Louie Gong — artist, educator, and founder of 8th Generation, a Seattle-based company specializing in handmade products. Gong's own practice merges traditional Coast Salish art with icons from popular culture and influences from his mixed heritage to make strong statements about identity.

Neebinnaukzhik Southall — graphic designer, artist, photographer, writer, and founder of The Native Graphic Design Project.

Caroline Blechert — jewelry designer and photographer, founder of Creations for Continuity.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm


The Native American Student & Community Center (NASCC)


OPB's State of Wonder, in conjunction with the PSU Native American Student and Community Center

OPB's weekly podcast journal of arts and culture, joining forces with the programmers of the gathering space that celebrates and empowers student success through culturally relevant programming.