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These paintings are based on teachings and reflections during my continued quest to unite my Native and European heritage. Some are also inspired from traditional stories, or alleged traditional stories that turned out to have been made up by those who wished to convert the Indian. Researching these stories have taken me on a roller coaster ride of a journey and some have criticized my decisions to include these findings in my art. However, as an artist who has been given a gift of identifying "teaching moments", I feel it is my responsibility to share all aspects of the culture I have researched and also call my own.

Fate Matigwess Empower

TOP: Face to Face (detail), 2013
ABOVE (L-R): My Fate As A Bridge (detail), 2012; Matigwess Tricks Wildcat (detail), 2013; Empowerment (detail), 2013

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