Recently the Stamps Gallery reached out to UMMAA to contribute to a new exhibition, The Blessings of the Mystery, curated by Carolina Caycedo & David de Rozas (September 28 to December 9, 2023). The exhibition explores the impact of the Amistad Dam in Del Rio, Texas (the largest dam in Rio Grande that is jointly managed by the United States and Mexico), and the oil drilling and pipelines that displaced the region's Indigenous nation, the Corrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas. These developments took away the Indigenous nation's traditional way of life while wreaking havoc on the biodiversity in the area. The artists requested the inclusion of materials that relate to these themes—materials that are linked to the Indigenous nations in the Great Lakes region. UMMAA was able to help because of our extensive ethnobotanical collections. The Museum loaned examples of different corn varieties grown in Michigan, as well as wild rice and sugar maple.
Visit the exhibit at the Stamps Gallery, 201 South Division Street, Ann Arbor. This event is free and open to the public. Read more here.