3.5” X 3.5” X 4.5”
Arches watercolor paper splints printed with archival inks, acrylic paint
This miniature basket is woven in a traditional Cherokee single-weave. It combines selected names from the 10-12,000 students (in grey-blue) who attended the Carlisle Indian Boarding School with signatures from the 16,000 Cherokee (lighter blue) who protested the validity of the Treaty of New Echota. This is the document that supposedly gave the US government the authority to force the tribe’s removal to Indian Territory, Oklahoma.
The title refers to the patterned “X”, a recognized American mark of identity. This piece is a tribute to these people who suffered immensely in boarding schools and on “The Trail of Tears”… that despite government attempts to remove and assimilate native people, we not only managed to survive, but thrive. The interior of this basket repeats the woven names, but is washed in red to illustrate our inner true identity.