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NOTE: i don't intend to sell this piece (at least not at the moment), as it is very personal and was made to honor my ancestors-their struggles and journeys.
The background of this self-portrait is composed of old family photos. Among the pictured ancestors, various careers and life ways are represented: Chief, medicine woman, tribal attorney, interpreter, guide, feminist, activist, fur trapper, musician, peacemaker, matriarch, patriarch.
I look back to my ancestors and thank them for surviving so that I may have the opportunity to live in this world. I thank them for their arduous lives, their perilous journeys across oceans and through the snow, their survival of famine, and genocide and small pox-laden blankets disguised as charity from the American government. I seek to honor my ancestors through my words and actions and will likewise continue to live by their traditional values, the original values of this land, in showing respect for all people, particularly elders, women, and two-spirits.