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Post Indian Warriors: Creating a New Consciousness in Native America

February 3rd, 2014 by Clarissa

 

“Diving Whale Lovebirds” Chilkat dance robe by Clarissa Rizal – on the ferry (Alaska Marine Highway) to Skagway, Alaska – June 2013

Here’s a link recently posted January 27th on U-tube to a brief video clip created by the Penn Museum in Philadelphia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx1uvgmXP48 

Postindian Warriors: Creating a New Consciousness in Native America highlights the influential work of Anishinaabe writer and activist, Gerald Vizenor. Vizenor’s expressions of “survivance” and “Postindian” reject Native American histories of absence and domination, and focus instead on the active presence of Native America today. Tlingit artists Nicholas Galanin and Clarissa Rizal speak about the importance of movement and change in their lives and work as well.

About the project:
Penn Museum’s Native American Voices Video project, completed in 2011, was conducted over fourteen months with support from the Annenberg Foundation and Gregory Annenberg Weingarten. The project resulted in the creation of Postindian Warriors: Creating A New Consciousness in Native America, five short videos about contemporary Native America for inclusion in the long-term exhibition, Native American Voices: The People – Here and Now. Five 8 minute films were produced to highlight important themes that emerged from the discussions.

The interviews were in May 2011.   My paintings on the wall were “in-progress”; and, obviously same with the Chilkat robe on the loom “Jennie Weaves An Apprentice” completed in August 2011.

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