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on Creating Tradition with MIAC curator Tony Chavarria (Santa Clara Tewa) and NMAI curator Emil Her Many Horses (Oglala Lakota). After several months, they finalized the concept and theme. After that decision was made, they began selecting objects and interpreting exhibi- tion text. Carmen Smith, currently vice president of Creative Development at Walt Disney Imagineering, and the rest of the Imagineering group began implementing additional elements. The result is what was finally presented on July 27, 2018. 8 The exhibition came to life during the opening event. In the dedication cere- mony, Seminole Tribe of Florida medicine man Bobby Henry gave a blessing and led a Catfish dance and a stomp dance with Miccosukee and Seminole dancers. Officials from the collaborating museums and Disney were in attendance, many giving opening remarks of inspiration. Several artists were invited to take part in the opening ceremony. Some of them attended with their family and friends. Loren Aragon, one of the attending artists, shared this: “I am greatly honored to have been one of three artists to have this unique opportunity to design something specifically for Walt Disney World.” His unique gown was inspired by an historical Acoma olla from the collections of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. “A first of its kind for me and a very welcoming challenge. This design incorporates every- thing that I’ve always wanted to explore in my fashion talents and truly represents my Acoma Pueblo culture, both respectfully and responsibly. 9 Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art merits a trip to the Epcot in Orlando. Disney’s Imagineering resources stir the senses. More importantly, the exhibition promotes understanding of cultures too often over- looked on a global stage. It is past time that the American Indian cultures are viewed side by side with other global cultures. Much hard work by many Native professionals and Disney representatives went in to this museum-quality exhibi- tion. Together they created an exceptional experience for the myriad of peoples from all countries and cultures passing through Disney World’s gates. top Seminole Tribe of Florida Royalty: Cheyenne Kippenberger, Miss Florida Seminole, and Allegra Billie, Junior Miss Florida Seminole, examine a beaded doll by Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty (Assiniboine-Sioux). opposite ACONAV/Loren Aragon (Acoma), Ancient Resonance Dress, 2018, duchess silk, silk organza, habotai silk lining, leather, copper, cotton buckram; Unknown Acoma artist, Olla, date unknown, collection of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, New Mexico. 8. Ibid. 9. Loren Aragon, “ACONAV + Disney,” ACONAV, web. WINTER 2018/19 | 43