Date: October 7, 1999
Contact: Jeri Roseboro
Phone: (207) 872-3104
"Prisons of Image," a presentation on the inappropriate use of American Indian images and culture, will be presented by Charlene Teters, a member of the Spokane Nation, on Saturday, October 30, at Colby College. Teters is the guest lecturer for the 1999 Dr. Ralph J. Bunche Symposium. The 4:30 p.m. lecture in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union is free of charge and open to the public. A reception will follow immediately in the Pugh Center of Cotter Union.
Teters, an artist, writer, editor and lecturer, challenges the inappropriate use of American Indian images, culture and spiritual life by schools, scholars, museums, corporations and media. Her multimedia art installations, writings and lectures call attention to deeply ingrained perceptions, stereotypes and racism toward American Indians. In 1988 she and her artwork became politicized at the University of Illinois, a school that uses the image of the fictitious Chief Illiniwek as its mascot. Her history of public challenges is the subject of the nationally aired award-winning television documentary "In Whose Honor?" by Jay Rosenstein.
Teters is a founding board member of the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media as well as the senior editor at Indian Artist Magazine. Her activism has provoked change and sparked awareness in the United States, Canada and Central America. The Bunche Symposium: In the Name of Peace and Social Justice is held annually at Colby College in conjunction with the Ralph J. Bunche Scholarship program for outstanding students of color. The scholarship program was started at Colby in 1979 to honor the memory of the Nobel prize-winning diplomat, civil rights activist, friend of the college and Colby parent.