8” X 8.25” X 9.5”
Arches watercolor paper first printed with archival inks, acrylic paint
The pattern on this single weave basket is a variation on a traditional Cherokee design called “Fish Bone”. The deliberate intensification of the zigzag pattern is a re-creation of electronic screen static.
These woven splints are first printed with photographs of bottles of alcohol and then combined with the hand-written address by Captain Richard H. Pratt, founder of the Carlisle Indian Boarding School. Pratt’s speech coined the phrase “Kill the Indian, save the man”, which summed up the school’s mission to eliminate all native culture.
The forces represented in these splints have had tremendous cumulative impact on contemporary Native people. This “static” interferes with the traditional teachings of balance and contributes negatively to the collective psyche of Indian people in America.