Ryan Young (Ojibwe)
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The sketchup model was titled a “mayan pyramid thing” so I used that and added cultural appropriation images from indigenous cultures, with help from a friend, and pasted a news article about a mayan pyramid that was destroyed to make road fill. Turned appropriation into education - into a 3D model that represents the modern condition and perception of Indigenous cultures. Fuck your Eurocentric educational tools-we are here and we are very pissed off.
Culture(?) in the Classroom(2011)
The image behind me was one of a series that showed on a slideshow. The images were a mix of boarding school images, images from the Battle at Wounded Knee, mixed with images of cultural appropriation. The purpose of the piece was to describe the struggle native students (as well as other students of color) can and do face leaving their home (or reservations) to achieve a higher education. They deal with not only the course load, but may endure actions of racism, miseducation, misrepresentation, and cultural appropriation inside and outside the classroom.
Photo credit: Aidee Guzman
Big shout out to my friend Cecilia who was the curator of this gallery (EYEBALL-IT II) and allowed me for the first time to put my work out there. This show was what made me pursue an Art Major.
So I’m looking at the WJFW channel 12 article discussing Cody’s suicide in jail..and on the fb page a white woman says “thank you” and that “all criminals should just do this and save the trouble of hurting people”…
First off, FUCK YOU.
Second. You don’t know her situation what she was going through. She was a young girl falling into a gang life where she was finding her only support. She was into drugs and knew one day she wanted to take her own life.
Third. Never be a white privileged girl thanking a young native girl in trouble for hanging herself. While they didn’t release her race, it doesn’t give validity to the fucked up comment you leave about promoting suicide.
Fourth. You are a privileged white girl. You have a fucking acknowledged existence. imagine the stigmas for native folks. alcoholics, lazy, etc. imagine that on top of the stereotypes for native women, being cheap and getting knocked up early. Add that on to our historical trauma (her death fell on the day Abraham Lincoln permitted the largest mass hanging of native people in US history). we are such a small population we are rarely acknowledged in statistical studies, and our reservations are identified as third world countries.
now put that on the shoulders of a 17 year old girl with depression who was just arrested.
again. FUCK YOU.
#idlenomore Lac du Flambeau Round dance flash mob