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Considering Indigenous Arts: The Connections of Ledger Art and Comics in Indigenous Visualities

Sunday, November 19, 2023, 2 – 3 p.m.

The history of ledger art, a particular form of visual art popularized by Native artists, has a close relationship with Florida. One of the largest collections of ledger art grew out of the imprisonment in the 1870s of Plain Indians prisoners of war at Fort Marion (the Castillo de San Marcos) in St. Augustine. In this talk, Dr. Jeremy Carnes considers the connections between this artwork and the much more contemporary Indigenous comics that have become popular the world over. Much of the current trajectory in contemporary Indigenous visual art has ties to Florida, for better or worse. With support from Florida Humanities, admission is free to this Native American Heritage Month program.

Dr. Jeremy M. Carnes is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Central Florida in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. His research focuses on Indigenous visual art and rhetorical production. He is currently at work on his first book, “Sovereign Stories: The Visual Rhetorics of Self-Determination in Indigenous Comics.” He also works closely with the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on the Big Cypress Reservation on their digital archives and databases.

Funding for this program has been provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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