Leandra Yazzie, Dine
Acrylic on Wood, 2018
Artist Statement: Each distinct culture has their own way of respecting nature and their tribal heritage. This is what ties them to Mother Earth, Father Sky and the Creator. We are taught to be in balance with the universe through our songs, prayers, and teachings that are passed down through generations. This knowledge is what teaches us about life and makes us strong as a people.
Thomas Breeze Marcus, Tohono O'odham
Artist Statement: In the current state of affairs related to securing borders and immigration, no other community in the United States is caught more in the middle than the Tohono O'odham Nation, which sits on the border between the U.S. and Mexico in southern Arizona.
The president and current administration have proposed building a wall from Texas to California while spreading rhetoric about keeping so called "illegal immigrants" from coming in from Mexico, thus creating hatred filled proaganda against Mexican nationals.
Seventy five miles of the U.S./Mexico border sits along the current Tohono O'odham Nation. The Tohono O'odham Nation is a militarized border filled with homeland security, border patrol, FBI and several other agencies. There are also border patrol check points within the nation itself, armed Black Hawk helicopters and other military aircraft patrols.
One thing has been made clear by many Tohono O'odham, and that is they are not going anywhere and refuse to allow any of the turmoil to disrupt their Him:Dag or "Way of life"...
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