Gregg Deal's White Indian (2016): The Decolonial Possibilities of Museum Performance




Indigenous, Performance Art, NAGPRA, Decolonization


Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute) is a performance and visual artist whose work deals explicitly in decolonizing the contemporary experience of Indigenous peoples. An analysis of his performance ofWhite Indian in 2016 at the Denver Art Museum opens up the possibilities of performance as a method for museums to decolonize their spaces and curation. 

Author Biography

Christiana Molldrem Harkulich, Miami University of Ohio

Dr. Harkulich is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Miami University of Ohio. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Theatre and Performance Studies. Her research focuses on Indigenous performances in North America in the 19th and 20th centuries.




How to Cite

Molldrem Harkulich, C. (2018). Gregg Deal’s White Indian (2016): The Decolonial Possibilities of Museum Performance. Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture, 7, 45–52.