Native American History Month. Ute Museum

New Temporary Exhibit. Nov. 2021-Jan. 2022
Merciless Indian Savages by Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute)

Merciless Indian Savages. Gregg Deal temporary exhibit at Ute Indian Museum.

Gregg Deal at Smithsonian. Courtesy Photo.

By Carly Jones, Education Director, Ute Indian Museum

The Ute Indian Museum is happy to announce the opening of a new art exhibit featuring the work of Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe) who is a contemporary artist and activist whose work deals with indigenous identity through a pop culture lens. The new art exhibit featured is titled “Merciless Indian Savages”. It’s a provocative show and an Indigenous exploration of what American democracy means for Indian Country.

What does American Democracy mean to a person whose ancestors were dehumanized in its founding document? With Merciless Indian Savages, Gregg Deal, a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe, curates an Indigenous exploration of what American Democracy means in Indian Country.

What does it mean to communicate an Indigenous message when to do so effectively means speaking through filters of capitalism, nationalism, and mainstream American culture? How does an Indigenous person stay true to their identity while participating in a society that has historically marginalized and stereotyped them? Exploring these ideas through art, Deal invites us to consider the meaning of democracy from perspectives as diverse as each of its participants.

Merciless Indian Savages by Gregg
November 2021 – January 2022
Exhibit is Free
Ute Indian Museum
17253 Chipeta Rd | Montrose, CO 81403
(970) 249-3098

The Ute Indian Museum connects the past with contemporary Ute life and culture. Exhibits focus on the Ute people’s history of adaptation and persistence, and unfold around a central theme of geography, highlighting significant locations in Ute history. Through stunning exhibitions, visitors explore topics of Ute cultural survival, political determination, economic opportunity, and the celebration of the Bear Dance.

Museum open Mon-Sat., 9 am – 4:30 pm | Saturday 11 am – 4 pm.
Closed Thanksgiving Day
Entrance Fee: Adults $6; Seniors (65+) $5;