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November is American Indian Heritage month. Did you know that there are at least 562 federally recognized tribal nations in the U.S.?
Matika Wilbur is attempting to photograph every one. Wilbur, of the Swinomish and Tulalip in Washington State, sold everything she owns to travel the nation taking portraits of her people. She calls the series Project 562 and aims to debunk myths about American Indian culture. “I’m not a Halloween costume. I hope to encourage a new conversation of sharing and to help us move beyond the stereotypes.”
"We are still here," she says. "We remain."
in my dreams my body was being ripped apart by wolves and the problem wasn’t pain, it was dull uselessness. and the people around me were also being hurt and there was the exhilaration of each possible movement of my body never happening again. we were the last of our people and we were being eaten, and the wolves would attack and then just stand there and let me beat at them as my arms stopped working and i went around and if people weren’t conscious i planned on killing them humanely before they suffered more, i woke up before i could. and one person, he wasn’t conscious and before i killed him i read him the last page of a book he had in this hands, words that were underlined and x-ed, and my voice couldn’t rise above a breath, not because of emotion but because of the failings of my body.
Plymouth, Massachusetts (Occupied Wampanoag territory): 41st Annual National Day of Mourning, Nov. 25, 2010, protesting the myth of “Thanksgiving,” a celebration of the European colonists who committed land theft and genocide against Indigenous peoples in the Americas.
"Lucid Stead" in the California Desert by Phillip K. Smith III
Deep in the Joshua Tree National Forest, in the deserts of California, artist Phillip K Smith III has created a stunning installation/optical illusion called “Lucid Stead.” As Bustler notes, “With some mirrors, LED lights, custom built electronic equipment, and Arduino programming, Smith transformed a 70-year-old homesteader shack into an architecture piece that complements and contrasts with its peaceful environment throughout the entire day.”
All images via Archinect and Huh
In the late 20’s Early 30’s there was a class at the Art Institute of Chicago that had its students come to the Field Museum to study and draw inspiration from our collections. This is one of many pieces featured in a book of their drawings. Today we have a similar program with artist in residence Peggy Macnamara who is also a teacher at the Art Institute. You will often see students in chairs sketching away.
© The Field Museum, GN90798d_RDN139.
Black and white drawings of butterflies and beetles with decorative borders. Research Design in Nature plate.