Published on January 3, 2013 by Amy
My ancestors run back to Native American tribal leaders like Spotted Tail. My gift for art runs parallel with my love for teaching.
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Born on the Yankton Sioux Reservation, I was brought up in both traditional and contemporary ways. I taught Native American Studies for 20 years in grades K-12 and also on the college level.
All of my work experience has been involved with the social aspects of my people.
My experiences include:
As a Lakota and an artist, I have realized that all things are connected in a continuous cycle of unity.
The Ghost Dance, the Sun Dance and other Lakota rituals are all part of a continuous cycle that reappears in different forms at different times. The hopes and dreams of these rituals are not forgotten. They have only readjusted to today.
Through my art, I hope to help visualize these dreams and hopes. I may look like an image from the past … but, please remember that I represent the Lakota from the past and present. We are people who are culturally different and not culturally deprived. We are survivors and have been since our earliest days. I want the Lakota people to be remembered in a good way.
The more people become aware of the Lakota, the longer we shall exist as a people. And most importantly, we must remember, without our dreams we shall cease to exist as a people.
Hau, han he chi tu elo – so be it
Mi ta ku ye O ya sin – all my relatives