Native Americans have been through hard times here in the United States ranging from being massacred to assimilation to not being a citizen to not being able to vote. We were very primitive to the western ideology’s.
Yet, through perseverance from Code Talkers to education, Native Americans held on to 2020. This painting brings the idea of when we became citizens(1924),when we were able to vote (1962), and after the swearing in ceremony’s we have Native American’s in Congress (2019). The achievement is profound and brings optimism because of Debra Haaland (who is centered in the painting), and Sharice Davids who are resilient Native American women!
To have a voice and speak up didn’t come easy for Native Americans who were and are still considered living in a third world country here in the United States. To be considered primitive during boarding school made it difficult to have a voice. The fact that after these tough obstacles, these two leaders of the free world demonstrate that through having a voice and determination anything is possible! Such a wonderful feeling!
Acrylic on canvas 2019 All Rights Reserved New York City