Join BMoCA for an evening of storytelling from a member of the Arapaho nation. Cheryl Pope, an artist featured in BMoCA’s current exhibition Substrate, painstakingly transferred every grain and detail of the museum’s floor in black ink on black paper as an evocation of the hushed stories of Native peoples that exist below the wooden surface. Pope’s process resulted in over 3,400 legal-sized prints, and the reverse side of each print contains one of two quotes embossed in gold. One quote, attributed to Chief Niwot and often misconstrued as a “curse”, is a warning to white settlers that their quest to own the beauty of Boulder Valley would ultimately destroy that beauty. The second quote is from Ava Hamilton, a contemporary Arapaho woman and descendent of Chief Niwot, repeating that plea for protection of the gifts of our planet.
At Hushed Stories, Ava Hamilton, Arapaho, will recount the too-often silenced or overlooked histories of the Native peoples of Boulder County.