What Was Always Yours
& Never Lost
Children of the Setting Sun

Tue. January 9, 2024 - Fri. March 22, 2024

Fine Arts Building 124 - Western Gallery

Open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 12p.m. to 4 p.m.
Free admission

Disability Accommodations

Equal Opportunity Institution. 24+ hours advance notice is appreciated for accommodations.

A Western Gallery Exhibition

Glass walls with glass doors form an entrance that juts out from the inner corner of a brick building. Next to it is a sign that reads Western Gallery

Go to the Western Gallery website for more details

Two related but separate exhibitions are presented during the Winter Quarter.

Curated by the celebrated film maker Sky Hopinka (Luiseño), What Was Always Yours and Never Lost focuses on experimental cinema by Indigenous film and video makers from throughout North America. The works traverse a wide range of topics and formal strategies dealing directly and indirectly with Indigeneity – assertions of Identity and presence in the face of and regardless of colonial history and outdated traditions of anthropology and ethnography. They make space for poetry, for beauty, and speak to the joys of preserving the past, establishing community, and seeing the future differently.

The documentaries produced by Children of the Setting Sun Productions follow the Lummi family tradition of Native Storytelling. They are a part of the Salmon People Stories, a collection of films made to accelerate the work of Indigenous-led movements by highlighting Tribal community’s advocacy through their history, culture, and values. "Storytelling lies at the heart of who we are as a community, and it is crucial for us to tell our stories to reshape the narrative."


Theo Cuthand, Colectivo Los Ingrávidos, Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, Caroline Monnet, Jackson Polys, James Luna

Featured Image: Colectivo Los Ingrávidos, Itzcóatl