Dawn Dark Mountain

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Who We Are


Original transparent watercolor on paper with wampum (Quahog shell) beads sewn into the paper. Archival glues are used and linen tape reinforces the beads (on the back of the paper). Framed using archival materials and conservation glass, grey-blue mat, in cherry finish wood frame, 2020: "Who we are is not defined by our DNA, nor by our blood quantum, an artificial measure imposed on us by those who sought to erase us. Who we are is a matter of our culture, our upbringing, and our sense of belonging to our family, our clan, our community and a shared heritage with our ancestors. Our stories are not dictated by material taken from the graves of our ancestors, such a practice dishonors them and is a simplistic attempt to define our identity. Rather, we are made of the elements of our culture and our survival from a policy of genocide, assimilation and marginalization. We are Haudenosaunee, People of the Longhouse."
29.00" h x 23.00" w x 1.25" d
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