|photo by Jaime Rojo from Brooklyn Street Art of LMNOPI|
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Pretty Nose was a Cheyenne Woman who lived near Fort Keogh in 1878. How she ended up there is unclear, but by piecing together historical accounts, we can sketch out a likely route.
In 1876, the Battle of Greasy Grass, otherwise known as the Battle of Little Big Horn took place very close to Fort Keogh in what is present day Montana. In that battle, the Cheyenne joined the Lakota and Arapaho to defeat Custer. After this defeat, the various groups disbanded as there was not enough grass to sustain their collective horses.
What transpired following this dispersal was years of battling attempts to forcibly relocate the tribes to reservations. It is unclear which band Pretty Nose was part of, but judging by her location in the year 1878 at Fort Keogh, it seems likely that she was with the group led by Little Wolf. However, she could also have been among the group that was imprisoned for a time at Fort Robinson with Red Cloud, who was released and allowed to go join the other Cheyenne at Fort Keogh in that same year.
The figures to the right and left of Pretty Nose in the mural are inspired by the Unity Riders, a contemporary group of Dakota people who make pilgrimages across the US & Canada on horse back as a prayer of Peace and Unity. Each winter, they travel 300 miles to the site of the largest mass execution in US History, which took place in 1862 when Abraham Lincoln ordered 38 Dakota warriors be simultaneously hung in Davenport, Iowa, for war crimes.
There is a documentary about this ride here:
Read about the Dakota War of 1862 Here
This mural was conceived of and inspired by the stories and journeys of these people and in remembrance of the history of First Nation people which is not taught in American or Canadian schools.
Further impetus for painting this mural was derived by the desire to give respect to Indigenous Women from the past and up into the present day and onwards into the 7th generation because they often go unrecognized in favor of their male counterparts. Major love and respect to the Women.
This mural was made as part of the O+ Festival in Kingston, NY
Posted by Lmnopie at 6:34 AM
Sunday, September 29, 2013
12 year old Ta’Kaiya Blaney is Sliammon First Nation from B.C., Canada. Along with singing, songwriting, and acting, she is concerned about the environment, especially the preservation of marine and coastal wildlife.
Check out her website here: http://www.takaiyablaney.com/
Posted by Lmnopie at 7:04 PM
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
My work is going to the X Architecture Biennale of Sao Paulo, Brazil this year as part of their Occupy Wall Street exhibit.
I have limited edition prints available for sale for anyone who wants a print for their collection.
Just go to my online store here: https://www.wepay.com/stores/lmnop-art-store
Posted by Lmnopie at 12:40 PM
Friday, August 30, 2013
“Another way that you love your enemy is this: When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy, that is the time which you must not do it. There will come a time, in many instances, when the person who hates you most, the person who has misused you most, the person who has gossiped about you most, the person who has spread false rumors about you most, there will come a time when you will have an opportunity to defeat that person. It might be in terms of a recommendation for a job; it might be in terms of helping that person to make some move in life. That’s the time you must do it. That is the meaning of love. In the final analysis, love is not this sentimental something that we talk about. It’s not merely an emotional something. Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual. When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only to defeat evil systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up in that system, you love, but you seek to defeat the system.”
~ Martin Luther King, JR
Posted by Lmnopie at 11:49 AM