Songs of Our Fathers - Resonator 5

Ruben Olguin, Mestizo / American, born 1983



Foraged micaceous clay, reduction pit fired

Overall: 3 5/8 × 4 1/8 × 2 1/2 in. (9.2 × 10.4 × 6.3 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Acquisitions and Preservation of Native American Art Fund



Place Made: United States, North America


21st century

Object Name


Research Area

Native American

Native American: Southwest

Not on view


Intrusions is a series of sound performances in which Ruben Olguin examines the impact of the modern sound environment—such as air, rail, and road noise—on the Indigenous experience and lands. Using ceramic resonators he makes for the projects along with other sound equipment, the artist plays an ambient and feedback-based sound performance.

Intrusions, Angostura is a documentary representation of one of these performances with the recorded sounds emerging from the ceramic speaker to the right of the photograph of the site and resonators used in the performance.

The ceramic vessels below, Songs of Our Fathers: Mudhead Choir, are the very resonators depicted in the image above and were used to record the sounds playing from the ceramic speaker.

From the 2021 exhibition Form & Relation: Contemporary Native Ceramics, curated by Jami C. Powell, Curator of Indigenous Art and Morgan E. Freeman, DAMLI Native American Art Fellow

Course History

ANTH 11/NAS 11, Ancient Native Americans, Madeleine McLeester, Fall 2020

PORT 8, Brazilian Portraits, Carlos Cortez Minchillo, Winter 2021

LACS 22.11, Latinx Intergenerational Literature, Marcela di Blasi, Spring 2021

ANTH 18, Research Methods in Anthropology, Chelsey Kivland, Summer 2021

ANTH 3.01, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Sienna Craig, Winter 2022

English 62.05, Horrors of Survival: Modern American Literature, Jamie Godley, Summer 2023

Exhibition History

Form & Relation: Contemporary Native Ceramics, Engles Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 6, 2021–July 23, 2022.


The artist, Ruben Olguin, Albuquerque, New Mexico; sold to present collection, 2020.

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