Selina Marie and Carrie Sage Curley Share Apache Culture Through Art


For National American Indian Heritage Month, mother and daughter Selina Marie and Carrie Sage Curley visited the University of Missouri to spread awareness of Apache culture. Both are artists and activists who keep their traditions alive through their work. Selina Marie Curley owns Traditions By Selina where she makes traditional camp dresses that educate the younger generation on the women who wore them for generations. Carrie Sage Curley uses her work as a painter to depict issues facing indigenous people, painting murals and posters for “Save  Oak Flat,” a movement to stop mining on Arizona Apaches sacred grounds. Both women use their art to share their Apache culture and show the struggles that indigenous people face today.

For Further Reading

Look through both Carrie Sage Curley and Selina Marie Curley’s works. The website for National Native American Indian Heritage Month provides details on other events hosted this month.

Discussion Question

What are components of your traditions/heritage that you want to pass down to next generation? Also, what form of art or media do you use for activism?


Action Item

Find an artwork that is used for a social movement you are passionate about. Ask what the work is telling you and how it is inspiring you to make change.


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