Wowipitsj: Man, Myth, Legend celebrates how wowipitsj, master carvers, preserve and celebrate the oral traditions through their art. Traditionally the term wowipitsj referred to expert sculptors, people whose skill and knowledge allowed them to guide the large collaborative carving projects needed for ceremonies. The processes by which large-scale sacred carvings are created and the contexts in which they are used remain a central part of Asmat animistic faith: They strengthen relationships with ancestral spirits. Today, many wowipitsj have expanded their carving repertoire and make narrative works for an external clientele. This exhibition features those narrative carvings that are inspired by oral traditions.
A reception will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 14th in The Gallery, Anderson Student Center.
Bill McKibben, a leading environmental expert, will be on campus February 20th to discuss Climage Change in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Climate change is particularly significant in the Asmat region as much of the land is low swampland. The lecture is co-sponsored by St. Thomas and Macalester College.
Free and open to the public.