Thanksgiving is next week, and while I’m looking forward to time with family around the table, I know the of is . I’ve spent the last few years learning more about the history of indigenous people in this country (and ), and it’s been a humbling and important reminder to always about the traditions I participate in and what they represent to people who don’t necessarily share the same identity, background or history. In addition to learning about the full history of this holiday, I’ve been spending more and more time to and researching indigenous artists, makers and creatives and . So much of the design we see in the world today is informed by indigenous art, craft and cultural tradition and I wanted to share some of my favorite contemporary artists here today. I’m working on a larger series about indigenous artists in North America, but in the meantime these artists are creating incredible work that bridges ancient and modern techniques. I hope you’ll enjoy their work as much as I have. And if you have indigenous artists you’d like to share with us here, please feel free to share their names and links in the comment section below. Until Monday, here’s hoping everyone has a safe and happy weekend. –Grace
Collage above by Juanita Christine @ featuring the work of J. Okuma @
The work of combines traditional and contemporary imagery through the lens of Hyde’s Onondaga/Nez Perce background.
work ranges from photography and collage work to sculpture. His pieces (above) that combine antique photography with handwriting are so powerful.
This web series has been keeping me afloat lately. It helps walk through a lot of tough situations and explains how to talk and listen with compassion, vulnerability and an open heart. This has been a helpful tool for me in learning how to discuss Thanksgiving with my family and ways we can be more aware of the full history of our traditions and how they affect and reflect others.
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