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Canes of Power Film Screening

with Dr. Matthew Martinez

January 19, 2020 1:00 pm through 3:00 pm

Lincoln Cane
An engraving of President Abraham Lincoln’s name on one of the canes given to the 19 Native American Pueblos of New Mexico during Lincoln’s Presidency as a symbol of peace and sovereignty. This cane was given to Zia Pueblo.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture announces a screening of Canes of Power. Following the film, a Q&A will be led by Dr. Matthew Martinez, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s deputy director, and associate producer of the film.

Canes of Power, narrated by Cherokee Actor Wes Studi – a recent Academy Award recipient – is the story of President Abraham Lincoln’s gift of engraved wood canes gifted to each of New Mexico’s 19 Pueblo nations. The canes symbolized the recognition of tribal sovereignty at the very same time 13 Southern states were seeking their own sovereignty (in the form of succession) from the United States. 


Grouping of Canes
A grouping of several of the canes gifted by President Lincoln to the Pueblos in 1863.