Rest in Peace Cornelia!

Sunday, October 23 at 2 PM – 6 PM
Ketelhuis, Scheltema, Marktsteeg1, 2312CS Leiden
Invited by Cornelia Vandenberg
To all Elja’s friends,
We would really like it if you were there.
We will be celebrating Elja’s life and hope you will share some memories with us in the informal setting of the Ketelhuis.

At 15.00 we will reflect on Elja’s rich experiences and we also have the pleasure of others contributing their memories through art and music. This should be fun, she would not have wanted it any other way!

Lies , Auke en Jan-Bert


Amsterdam Show a real success

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Here you see Quetzal Tzab enter the exhibition on board the Veronica ship.

The Indigenous Brilliance Exhibition on board the Veronica Ship in Amsterdam was opened by famous ex-Veronica (offshore broadcasting vessel in the 60s and 70s) broadcaster Tineke de Nooij and was well attended by people from all over attendance also were Lyle Toledo Yazzie, co founder of Indigenous Brilliance and a very talented Navajo silversmith, Quetzal Tzab, a very effective Maya activist and dedicated co organiser of the exhibition in Amsterdam and Jeroen Visser, generous host to several American Indian artists that have traveled to Holland.

Tineke de Nooij opening the Indigenous Brilliance exhibition in Amsterdam on the 1st of June 2014


Visitors viewing Indigenous Brilliance art on board the Veronica ship

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Filming of opening Indigenous Brilliance Amsterdam by Annemarie van den Thillaert, professional filmmaker


Poster for the 2015 Indigenous Brilliance show in the Hague and portrait of Joop Roelofs, legendary founder of the Dutch band Q65 in the middle and  the artists Steven Johnson Leyba  (Mescalero Apache) on the left and Marcus Amerman (Choctaw) on the right at the opening of this show

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Poster for the 2016 show in Edinburgh

Contemporary American Indian Art
Dundas Street Gallery, 6a Dundas Street, Edinburgh.
May 7 – 15th, 2016

Indigenous Brilliance are exhibiting in Edinburgh. Scotland, giving an opportunity to gain insight into Contemporary Native American Art, which has often been omitted from mainstream art exhibitions.

“A long-overdue European demonstration of high-quality contemporary Native American art.” Jack Davey. Native Art dept. British Museum 2012

This collection, showcases the work of over 24 Native American artists and designers featuring paintings, jewellery, sculpture, hubcap shields, bead work, fashion and design.

Recognition of the high standard of work by Indigenous Brilliance was recently reflected, when a number of the Indigenous Brilliance artists were invited to the Native American Artists exhibition part of ‘The Venice Global show ‘Imago Mundi, Italy.’
Sponsored by Luciano Benetton from the Benetton clothing company 2015.’

Indigenous Brilliance: an outstanding group that takes Native American artistry to the highest level. ‘Their excellence in the mastery of painting, jewellery, mixed media and sculpture is clearly reflected in their exemplary work. Not only do these artists honour their history and culture, they make new roads in the world of contemporary art ‘ Jennifer Karch Verze. Curator Venice ‘Imago Mundi,’ 2015

Indigenous Brilliance has exhibited in London, England, Seborga andVenice, Italy, Olocau,, Spain & Amsterdam and The Hague, Holland.

The following artists are participating in the show:

Sandra Cohoe, Navajo – paintings
B. Emerson Kitsman, paintings
Damien Jim, Graphic artist ,comic book artist.
Derek Nez – photographer
Bryon Archuleta, San Juan Pueblo – paintings
Marcus Amerman, Choctaw – beadwork and Shields
Gene Billie, Navajo, jewellery
Kelly Church, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Nation– paintings
Jon Decelles, Gros Ventre – sculpture
Ishkoten Dougi, Navajo/Apache– Paintings
Edgar Heap Of Birds, Cheyenne/Arapaho – Prints
Michael Horse, Yaqui, Mescalero Apache, Zuni – Ledger paintings
Patrick Dean Hubbell, Navajo – Paintings
Alex Jacobs, Mohawk – Collages and painting
Linley B. Logan, Seneca – Multi Disciplinary art.
Steven Johnson Leyba, Mescalero Apache
Multi Media Collage and Mixed Media
Holly Nordlum, Inupiaq Alaska-Visual Art, Jack Sabon, Ahtna Alaska – Paintings
Lyle Toledo Yazzie, Navajo – Jewellery and Collages
Dustin Mater, Choctaw – Jewellery Venaya Yazzie, Navajo/Hopi
Robert American Horse, Oglala Lakota, paintings
Marcus Arviso-Jewellery
Steve Hapy, paintings
America Meredith, Cherokee – Paintings
Towanna Miller, Mohawk – Paintings
Leonard Peltier, Anishinabe, prints
Curator Cornelia VandenBerg Indigenous Brilliance gives the opportunity to Native American Artists to show their art across the continents so Native American Art gains the same recognition as mainstream art
Lyle Toledo Yazzie (Navajo) Co Founder. It’s an important journey, not only for me but also the artists that we represent. It’s the recognition that these exhibitions bring, that gives us not only a visual voice, but also a shared mutual understanding of different cultures

Show updates and a display of work by the artists, visit or on Facebook Indigenous Brilliance on