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Native American photographer captures tourist kitsch

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Tom Jones, an assistant professor of photography at the University of Wisconsin and a member of the Ho-Chunk Indian tribe, has created a series of photographic essays titled Native Commodity, documenting the contemporary life of his people amid the stereotypical tourist kitsch of the Wisconsin Dells. In an exhibit opening Friday at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, his photographs explore the use of Native American symbols in advertising and popular culture.