Press open house for “Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait”
Friday, June 16, 2017 – 10:00am
Friday, June 16
10 a.m. to noon
National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center
1 Bowling Green
New York City
“Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait” opens Saturday, June 10, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York. Through prints and drawings, the exhibition chronicles a visual conversation between an Inuit grandmother, mother and daughter: Pitseolak Ashoona (1904–1983), Napachie Pootoogook (1938–2002) and Annie Pootoogook (1969–2016). “Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait” was organized by the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, N.M.
Later in the evening in a related event, the museum will screen the New York City premiere of Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s documentary, Angry Inuk, at 6 p.m. as part of the closing night of The America’s Film Festival. The film takes on misconceptions of commercial seal hunting, introducing viewers to the individual Inuit hunters and communities fighting to retain their ancestral rights and earn a living in today’s international monetary economy. The film is presented in English and Inuktitut.
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