Fine Arts students from Oglala Lakota College recently put on an Art Show at the Suzie Cappa Art Center in Rapid City, SD. The concept of the show is Misconceptions of the Reservation. Each artist demonstrates their interpretation of this in their own art forms. These photos by Angel White Eyes are of people from the Pine Ridge Reservation who overcome the statistics and break the mold of preconceived notions of people living on Pine Ridge. The show will be up until the end of July.
If you’re interested in Native and Indigenous culture, and want to buy crafts, art or clothing/accessories in the style, please remember to look for things that are officially Native made! Artists and Crafters work hard to keep our traditions alive, and supporting their work is paramount! Please don’t but mass produced, made-in-china ‘Indian’ things- support our artists! <3
2. Things Are Looking Native, Native’s Looking Whiter
4-6. Imaginary Indian
7. White Carver
8. Video stills from ’Beat Nation’
9-10. I think it goes like this?
I work with concepts; the medium follows. In the business of this “Indian Art World,” I have become impatient with the institutional prescription and its monolithic attempt to define culture as it unfolds. Native American Art cannot be commonly defined as our work moves freely through time. The viewer, collector, or curators’ definition will often convey more about themselves than that of the “Native Artist.” In the past I have struggled with this title, though I now embrace my position as a contemporary indigenous artist with belief that some forms of resistance often carry equal amounts of persistence. My current collection of work presents visual experiences in hope of inspiring creative dialogue with the viewer. I often work with an intention to contribute towards contemporary cultural development. Through education and creative risk-taking, I hope to progress cultural awareness both in and out of this Indigenous world. Let us leave fucked up stereotypes. While moving forward, we liberate the Indian artist.
Manitoulin Island quillboxes, with designs using only the natural colour. Porcupine quill embroidery (quillwork) on birchbark, trimmed with sweetgrass. From the collection of the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation.
1. Marina Recollet 2. Jean Mishibinijima 3. Delia Beboning 4. Josette Debassige 5. Marina Recollet (side view of #8) 6. Eric Beboning (side view of #7) 7. Eric Beboning 8. Marina Recollet
Paintings based on Woodlands-style floral beadwork, by Metis artist Christi Belcourt (the artist behind Walking With Our Sisters, a commemorative art installation for missing and murdered Indigenous women).
Pablita Velarde, also known as Tse Tsan, was born in Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico in 1918. At the age of fourteen, Velarde went to Santa Fe Studio Art School at the Santa Fe Indian School where she developed her skills as a painter. In 1939, she was commissioned as part of the WPA by the National Parks Service to depict Pueblo scenes in large-scale murals. Up until her death in 2006, Velarde was widely recognized as one of the most skilled and influential Native American artists to ever live. Her daughter, Helen Hardin, went on to follow in her mother’s footsteps, becoming well known for her unique combination of Pueblo themes and modern style.