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Valaria Tatera

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Valaria Tatera is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa who creates social awareness of contemporary Indigenous issues through her art. She has earned an MFA in 3-D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A. and B.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Valaria is a respected guest lecturer and panelist whose lectures address Indigenous Rights and Art as Advocacy. She was a finalist in the Mary Nohl Fellowship 2019, finalist in United States Artist Fellowship 2016 and Best in Show category Sculpture at MOWA 2014 and a featured artist at Lakefront Festival of the Arts.

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Valaria Tatera is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa who creates social awareness of contemporary Indigenous issues through her art. Issues such as the environment, sovereignty, colonialism and historical trauma are explored through personal themes of self- identity, the cost of forced assimilation and breaking the bonds of learned silence. Common threads running throughout the work investigate the intersections of ethnicity, gender, missing and murdered indigenous women, commerce, and water quality.

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