by Demian DinéYazhi’
Introducing my first poetry zine, Young Lions. Ripped straight from my memory, scanned, & treated with Tender Loving Care. Includes 24 pages of original poetry, photography, & digital images created for your reading pleasure. 4.75” x 7” - colour zine. Limited edition of 100. Each copy is signed and numbered by the artist.
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The road leading into Las Vegas, Nevada.
Demian Diné Yazhi’
For Yoko Ono (Instagram), 2014
On December 28th, 1890, Maj. Samuel M. Whitside’s battalion of the 7th Calvary intercepted the Lakota. Ill with pneumonia, Unpan Glešká (“Spotted Elk”) and his band surrendered peacefully before being taken into custody by the 7th Calvary and escorted to a campsite near Wounded Knee Creek, in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.
The night before the massacre, Col. James W. Forsyth arrived at Wounded Knee Creek and ordered his men to position four Hotchkiss cannons around the area in which the Lakota had been forced to camp.
On the morning of 29 December 1890, Forsyth’s soldiers entered the camp and demanded that the Lakota give up their weapons. In the ensuing confrontation, a firearm was discharged. It was later believed to have been by a deaf man, Black Coyote, who presumably did not hear the command to put down his rifle. A large gun fight quickly ensued. The US forces killed over 153 Lakota, mostly non-combatants (women and children); Spotted Elk was among those slain.
This is the treatment Indigenous peoples of this continent faced through atrocities committed by the United States army, politicians, settlers, pioneers, and with approval by the president of the U.S. These are the effects of colonization and genocide that predate any history book and committed in the name of Manifest Destiny, religious freedom, democracy, and independence.
NEVER FORGET WOUNDED KNEE.
NEVER FORGET THE TRAIL OF TEARS
NEVER FORGET THE LONG WALK OF THE NAVAJO.
NEVER FORGET THAT WE HAVE SURVIVED AND WALK AMONG YOU.
NEVER FORGET WE ARE STILL PASSIONATE, INTELLIGENT, RESILIENT, AND READY TO TAKE CARE OF THE LAND, WATER, SKY & EARTH.
Society6 is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders worldwide until Sunday, February 23rd, 2014. I thought it would be a fine time to throw something else up:
Featuring limited edition R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment Native designs.
Inspired by Native american patterns—resembling geometric patterns—these designs pop up on the cultural landscape of Indigenous Native american tribes throughout Turtle Island.
This pattern was inspired by the Indigenous Mi’kmaq warrior/activist Anna Mae Aquash Pictou (March 27, 1945 – December 1975). Anna Mae dedicated her life to Native american rights, awareness & resistance. She was also a prominent figure in the American Indian Movement (AIM).
All proceeds will go toward future exhibitions and manifestations for the warrior/artist/activist collective, R.I.S.E.
Intertribal Friendship House, Oakland, CA
Printable poster. Measures 24” x 36” // 300 dpi.
BURY MY ART AT WOUNDED KNEE: Blood & Guts in the Art School Industrial Complex opened in Portland, OR last nite @ Pacific Northwest College of Art.
This is a show about language & endurance, validation & resistance, and a much-needed conversation in a city that is predominantly white; more importantly though, in an institution that lacks culturally diverse perspectives in art production and history making. In the four years I attended PNCA, there hadn’t been an exhibition dedicated to the Indigenous peoples of this continent. Neither has there been a course dedicated to Indigenous art, history, writing, lived experience, or otherwise. I was told that sometimes “we” (I took this as people with a history of being oppressed by the dominant culture) need to bring water to a village in need. I don’t think that way. And I hope this show brought on the rain.
Thanks to all the artists and to all the hands that labored away over the last few days. There was a lot of laughter and good music and it was so magical.
The show will run from December 05th - 28th, 2013. If you happen to be in the Portland area, please come see the work of these phenomenal artists and warriors!