NAERCC Hallway Arapaho Journeys Exhibit by Sara Wiles

Public Memory: Laramie & the University of Wyoming

NAERCC Hallway Arapaho Journeys Exhibit by Sara Wiles

Laramie, Wyoming 82070, United States

Created By: University of Wyoming


Prior to 2012 this residential building, built in 1950 and designed by Wilbur Hitchcock in the Colonial Revival Style, was just another house bordering the UW campus. Then in 2012 it was repurposed by the University to become the Honors Red House, a “home” for Honors students and studies. Then in 2017 the building was turned over to be the newly established Native American Education, Research and Cultural Center. Since its dedication on Sep. 29, 2017, the hallway has been home to 27 photographs of the Wind River Reservations Northern Arapaho Tribe.

These photos, taken by anthropologist, ethnographer, and self-taught photographer Sara Wiles depict a variety of people of all ages. The subjects of the photos are children, the elderly, and cultural architects of the tribe. The photos tell the story of people living their day to day lives as well as showcase important events. While the subjects and events being shown are different, each photograph tells the story, shows the memories, of the Northern Arapaho people. In this quiet, brightly lit hallway you will see the story of resilience, strength, and pride that makes up Wind River Reservation’s Northern Arapaho tribe. This story, these memories, show us the truth of Northern Arapaho existence against the narratives and memories applied to them by outsiders.

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This point of interest is part of the tour: Public Memory: Laramie & the University of Wyoming


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