Marie Watt: Explore the story of Turtle Island | West to East

National Gallery of Art
March 24, 2023

Marie Watt, artist and member of the Seneca Nation, takes us into the story of Turtle Island and its connection to her work, family, and Native American history. Interwoven with Marie’s story is the story of Tomanowos, a sacred meteorite that shaped the geology and history of the Willamette Valley where Marie lives and works.


The story of Tomanowos was nearly lost to history until the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde reclaimed it and restored it to prominence. We are reminded that that Indigenous teachings, stories, and culture are vital guides in reshaping how we connect with places, one another, and the universe.