9” X 9” X 9.25”
Arches Watercolor paper splints printed with archival inks, acrylic paint, gold foil
This single weave Cherokee style basket is woven from splints printed with reproductions of two historical documents. The yellow splints are The Indian Removal Act of 1830, which President Andrew Jackson misinterpreted to mean that he had the power to move SE tribes to Oklahoma Indian Territory. This upheaval had a devastating impact on Native people; the forced walk for the Cherokee killed over 1/4 of the tribe.
Combined in the weave is the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which governs the tribes’ ability to operate gaming establishments on Indian land. The paper splints have a metallic gold and opalescent wash applied to them acknowledging the tremendous exchange of money as a result of casinos. This unprecedented income has changed the way of life for Indian people across the country. No longer are tribes the inconsequential ‘wards of the government’ but rather powerful entities with bargaining power. The woven pattern is a traditional Cherokee design called Noon Day Sun; the basket’s title refers to our mettle, which has certainly been tested, and our demonstration of resilience and phoenix-like rebuilding that has come at such a high cost.