10” X 9.5” X 9.5”
Archival watercolor paper splints first printed with archival inks, acrylic paint
This basket combines splints cut from paper that has been printed with reproductions of several documents and photographs. The tan vertical splints are from boarding school founder Captain Richard H. Pratt’s speech that coined the phrase “Kill the Indian, Save the Man”. The historical photograph around the center is the Carlisle student body in the year 1912. Also woven into this piece are the names of commercial products that use Indian names and images, the disproportionately high statistics of domestic abuse directed at Indian women and photographs of bottles of alcohol. The title is tongue-in-cheek… all of these elements introduced by the dominant white culture contributed to detrimental changes for native people, from a traditional society into the one we experience today.