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My work is my life on canvas. Stories passes down orally. I wanted to show my culture and my people through my point of view. Telling a story through traditional methods. This is a way that connects me to my nation, my homeland, and identity. Using vibrant colors, the bold outlines help bring life to those stories I heard as a child. Being a young woman now I want to pass that to the youth that will one day be in my footsteps. So they can keep those traditions alive.
This piece I named “Sisterhood” where they are wearing cloth dresses and an apron. Both sisters are facing each other. They speak of love, life, and good words. It shows their sisterly bond. Unmarried as shown by their unbound hair. This piece is a connection between past and present. That close sibling relationship. When you go to powwows and ceremonies. Growing up on those traditions you were raised with. Having that sense of belonging and self awareness in where you come from. Knowing those songs, way of dress, culture and language.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) estimates that in 2016, 22% of AI/ANs lived on reservations or other US Census-defined tribal areas while 60% of AI/ANs lived in metropolitan areas.
"We need to be sensitive and open to challenges that students face across Indian Country in everything we do. Every Native student can grow successfully with a rewiring of our curricula, more appropriate standards, and increasing individualized attention in education systems."