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The Only Good Indian is an Assimilated Indian


Original transparent watercolor on paper, cut and layered to create a 3-D effect, enhanced with Czech glass beads sewn into the paper. Archival glues are used and linen tape reinforces the beads (on the back of the paper). Framed in cherry stained wood frame using archival materials and conservation glass, lilac blue mat, 2021: Based on a photograph of my Grandmother weaving a basket in the 1930's, this piece honors her and all the other survivors of the Indian boarding schools. Carlisle Indian School is shown surrounded by the waves of the culture that attempted to annihilate our own and assimilate us as our tears wash down over the shadows of the girls made to look the same and sent on "outings" as domestic servants. Some managed to retain their culture (represented by the figures in traditional dress). The raised beadwork and basketry show that the culture survived and the graveyard is a reminder of those who did not come home.
29.00" h x 23.00" w x 1.25" d
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