Tlingit artist Da-ka-xeen Mehner was inspired by his culture and family history to create “Finding My Song,” a multimedia solo installation at the Anchorage Museum. “Finding My Song” takes a personal look at the retention and reclamation of language. It is on view from Sept. 7 through Nov. 11.
Mehner was born in Fairbanks to a Tlingit/N’ishga mother and a Caucasian father. He was raised in two different environments: as an urban Native in Anchorage and as a rural hippie near Fairbanks, living without electricity, running water or a phone. From these perspectives, he studied what makes up Native American identity.
The exhibit expresses Mehner’s belief that culture transcends generations through music — in this case, the drum.
Mehner earned a bachelor’s degree in studio arts from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and a master’s degree in Native arts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he now teaches and serves as director of the UAF Native Arts Center.
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