Inherit the Earth: Art, Activism, and the Land

 

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Steamroll press print by Jacob Meders (Mechoopda Maidu).

MARCH 2014

Listed below are photos captured at the 2014 First Annual Inherit the Earth artisans showcase. Presentations included poetry readings and spoken word by renowned author Simon Ortiz, Native American flute player Randy Kemp, 1491’s comedian Bobby Wilson, Indigenous Right’s public speaker Ruben Caak Buk, and Cosmic Conception’s own Dominique Hunter. The hanging art gallery included pieces by Indigenous artists such as Julius Badoni (Diné/Navajo), Thomas Greyeyes (Diné/Navajo), Lydia Maldonado (Pascua Yaqui), Jacob Meders (Mechoopda Maidu), Jerrel Singer (Navajo), Glory Tacheenie-Campoy (Navajo), Steven J. Yazzie (Navajo-Laguna), as well as several of the performing artists already listed above.  The evening also consisted of song and drum pieces by the Morning Star Youth Council, and traditional refreshments provided by Native Food Ways. Poverty, historic violence, decolonization, and healing were just some of the topics shared by the artists through their work and their words. Much gratitude to all who participated and made the event a success!

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High schools students from the Morning Star Youth Council bless the audience with traditional songs.

 

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Author Simon Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo) reads several of his poems from the anthology, Home Places.

 

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Well-known Native American flute player and poet Randy Kemp (Choctaw-Euchee-Creek) shares his work with the people.

 

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Recent Arizona State University graduate Ruben Caak Buk (Tohono O’odham), shares his experience as an American Indian man facing the dichotomy of reservation and urban life.

 

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1491’s comedian Bobby Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), and Cosmic Conception’s Dominique Hunter (Pawnee).

 

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Artist and Inherit the Earth co-coordinator Julius Badoni (Diné/Navajo) showcases his work.

 

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Lydia Maldonado (Pascua Yaqui) illustrates the topic of water rights in her work.

 

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Artwork by Bobby Wilson.

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Print work by Rykelle Kemp (Choctaw-Euchee-Creek/Navajo).

(photos by D. Cody Blackwater)

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