ASU West in Glendale to host exhibit celebrating Indigenous community


Special to Independent Newsmedia

Join the Labriola National American Indian Data Center to celebrate the opening of “What Life is All About,” a new exhibit in Glendale about the life of Jean Chaudhuri.

This exhibition’s title comes from a poem by the author and community leader Jean Chaudhuri, whose work and life highlights a central part of her life: what it means to give back to your community from an Indigenous perspective.

A citizen of the Muscogee-Creek Nation, Chaudhuri became director of the Traditional Indian Alliance for Greater Tucson and Executive Director of Tucson Indian Center in 1972. An author, playwright and poet, she wrote the comedic play “Indians Discover Christopher Columbus” for the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s landing on this continent. She wrote the book “A Sacred Path: The Way of the Muscogee Creek” with her husband, Joy Chaudhuri.

The opening reception takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 on the ASU West campus, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, in ArtSpace West inside the University Center Building.

The Labriola National American Indian Data Center and the ArtSpace at West Gallery shares her collection so that others may feel the love she carried for the Indigenous community here in Phoenix and Tucson.

The exhibit is free to the public and open from noon to  5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays through Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Click here for information about the Labriola National American Indian Data Center.


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