“Sing Our Rivers Red” is a traveling exhibit now on view at Humboldt State University. (HSU — Contributed)
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“Sing Our Rivers Red,” a traveling earring exhibit aimed at bringing awareness to the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women and colonial gender-based violence across North America, is on display now through Oct. 19 in the Humboldt State University Goudi’ni Gallery, located on the ground floor of the HSU Behavioral and Social Sciences Building at 17th and Union streets in Arcata.

Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The exhibit will be open until 8 p.m. tonight for Arts! Arcata.

This exhibit’s purpose is to raise consciousness, unite ideas and demand action for indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit and LGBTQQIA people who have been murdered or gone missing, tortured, raped, trafficked and assaulted. A long hanging cloth covered with hundreds of earrings is displayed in the gallery space, each earring representing those who have not been given the proper attention or justice. The exhibit also provides a space of solidarity, supported by additional materials and media, such as letters to missing women from their loved ones and an original painting by Nani Chacon. The remainder of the space is left unoccupied, leaving conceptual space for the missing and the murdered.

This exhibition will be accompanied by complementary events, including a sewing circle at which participants will have an opportunity to sew donated earrings onto a blanket for the next phase of this traveling exhibition. There will also be a screening of the documentary film, “Finding Dawn,” by Christine Welsh.

For more information, call the gallery office at 707-826-3629 or email hsugalleries@gmail.com or bs228@humboldt.edu. For parking information, visit humboldt.edu/parking.

 

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