Lecture: Honoring the Women Who Came Before


Presented by Teri Greeves Saturday, February 26, 2022, 10am PT Online Presentation via Zoom

Admission: Free to TAC Members, $5 Students and members of FAMSF, $10 General Admission. Purchase Tickets Here


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Teri Greeves, Kiowa, will speak to her beadwork, the stories she tells and the history of her work -- as well as her curatorial work as co-curator on the exhibition, Hearts of Our People.


Growing up in her mother’s trading post on the Wind River Reservation, Greeves was introduced to Native expression, in all its forms from birth. The voice of the Eastern Shoshone and of her people, the Kiowa of the Southern Plains, has been the inspiration and source of constant curiosity through a lifetime of beading in this world. Like the women who came before her, Greeves’ artistic expression of identity and human intention is part of the legacy of Native women makers from time immemorial on this continent.


Working further to recognize and pay honor to the Native women artist of all generations, Greeves co-curated Hearts of Our People with Jill Ahlberg-Yohe. From pre-history through the present, Native women have made much of what is considered Native American Art. This has not been widely recognized within American Art and is only recently being understood by American Anthropology. Hearts of Our People, which opened at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in 2019 was the first major exhibition of artwork by Native women to honor their achievements, including 115 artists from the US and Canada and over 1000 years of Native women’s creations. Teri Greeves (Kiowa) was born on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming where her mother ran a trading post. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz, Greeves began her career as a beadwork artist, winning Best of Show at Santa Fe Indian Market in 1999. Recognition for her beadwork includes a feature in PBS’s Craft in America, the Dobkin Fellow from the School of American Research, and the 2016 USA Distinguished Fellow in Traditional Arts. Greeves’ work is included in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the British Museum, the Heard Museum, the Brooklyn Art Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design and the State of New Mexico among others. Her current work has revolved around co-curating, with Jill Ahlberg Yohe, a national traveling exhibition of Native American women’s art: Hearts of Our People. Greeves lives with her husband and two sons in Santa Fe, NM.



Image Credits:


1. Teri Greeves, Kiowa Ladies: Beaded Shoes, 2017. 13/0 Czech cut beads, 11/0 Czech beads, heeled shoes. Dimensions: each shoe: H-9", W-3.5″, L-11". Photo Credit: Stephen Lang. Collection: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.


2. Teri Greeves, Kiowa Ladies: Beaded Shoes, 2017. 13/0 Czech cut beads, 11/0 Czech beads, heeled shoes. Dimensions: each shoe: H-9", W-3.5″, L-11". Photo Credit: Stephen Lang. Collection: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.