Demian DinéYazhi’ Untitled (For Anna Mae Aquash Pictou), 2013
– Printable poster 18"x 24" –
In the spirit of International Women’s Day, let us take a moment to honor the words and work of the late Mi'kmaq warrior Anna Mae Aquash Pictou, whose lifeline was shortened due to her brave and resilient spirit!
This poster was inspired by Anna Mae’s Aquash’s statement to the Court of South Dakota, made after her arrest and interrogation by the FBI regarding fellow activist Leonard Peltier, who was wanted tor the murder of two FBI agents. The FBI had arrested and interrogated Aquash a number of times throughout 1975, including one in which she was allegedly told she would not live out the year it she did not give up the information they wanted. Aquash claimed to have no information about Peltier. She was murdered in late 1975, and her body was discovered along a stretch of highway in South Dakota in February 1976.
About Anna Mae Aquash (March 27, 1945 – mid-December 1975):
Annie Mae Aquash (Mi'kmaq name Naguset Eask) was a Mi'kmaq activist from Nova Scotia, Canada, who became a member of the American Indian Movement, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, United States during the mid-1970s.
Aquash participated in the 1972 Trail of Broken Treaties and occupation of the Department of Interior headquarters in Washington, DC; the Wounded Knee Incident in 1973; and armed occupations in Canada and Wisconsin in following years. On February 24, 1976, her body was found on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; she was initially determined to have died from exposure but was found to have been executed by gunshot. Aquash was thirty years old at the time of her death.
hi i’m navajo and i’m angry about the lack of native american representation?? where are the role models for people on the reservations? who do they look up to? i was privileged to be raised off the reservation, have time to work hard in academics, and have the funding to go to university, but i know that for many natives, that’s really really rare/sometimes impossible because of familial/financial/tribal obligations
and when do we get recognition beyond white ppl having dreamcatcher tattoos and the occasional “original homeland security” joke bc that shit’s getting old, we have a lot more to offer than that and i don’t want an entire continent’s worth of various cultures to be whittled down into a humorous poke at white colonialism
“I’m sure you’ve seen that post with the "These white men are dangerous” gif that “pretty much sums up history” And while I admit I did chuckle the first time I saw the post, it keeps reappearing on my dash and each time I see it I get a little bit sadder. As a young Native American, Pocahontas was my role model. She meant so much to me and I wish people wouldn’t use her or her movie to spread hate"