Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture

August 04, 2012–August 11, 2013
New York, NY

This panel and object exhibition highlights Native people who have been active participants in contemporary music for nearly a century. Musicians like Russell "Big Chief" Moore (Gila River Indian Community), Rita Coolidge (Cherokee), Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree), and the group Redbone are a few of the Native performing artists who have had successful careers in popular music. Many have been involved in various forms of popular music—from jazz and blues to folk, country, and rock. Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture tells their stories and histories, and provides visitors the opportunity to hear samples by music greats and discover musicians with whom those exceptional musicians collaborated. Visitors will also learn about artists who inspired the musical greats as well as the contemporary artists they themselves influenced.

This exhibition was also on view at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., July 1, 2010–January 2, 2011.

Jimi Hendrix's patchwork leather coat (detail). On loan from Janie Hendrix, President/CEO, Experience Hendrix, LLC. Photo by Katherine Fogden, NMAI.

Jimi Hendrix's patchwork leather coat (detail). On loan from Janie Hendrix, President/CEO, Experience Hendrix, LLC. Photo by Katherine Fogden, NMAI.

Jimi Hendrix's patchwork leather coat. On loan from Janie Hendrix, President/CEO, Experience Hendrix, LLC. Photo by Katherine Fogden, NMAI.

Jimi Hendrix's patchwork leather coat. On loan from Janie Hendrix, President/CEO, Experience Hendrix, LLC. Photo by Katherine Fogden, NMAI.

Jimi Hendrix's patchwork leather coat. On loan from Janie Hendrix, President/CEO, Experience Hendrix, LLC. Photo by Katherine Fogden, NMAI.
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