7.5” X 7.5” 10.75”
Arches watercolor paper splints printed with archival inks, acrylic paint
This piece is woven from the hand-written speech given by Carlisle Indian Boarding School founder Captain Richard H. Pratt where he coined the phrase “Kill the Indian, Save the Man”, thus summing up the school’s mission to eliminate all Indian culture. The vertical multi-colored splints are cut from photographs of bottles of alcohol. Both the idea of “civilizing” native children and the allure of numbing life’s problems are very attractive but the introduction of both has negatively influenced native culture.
The basket pattern used in this piece is a variation of a traditional Cherokee one called “Fish Bone”.