4.75” x 4.75” x 3.50”
Arches watercolor paper splints, printed with archival inks, acrylic paint, gold foil
The miniature Green for Gold basket is woven in a traditional Cherokee single-weave technique. It was created from splints printed with the Indian Removal Act of 1830, some of which were first layered with an application of gold leaf. The Indian Removal Act was created two years after gold was discovered on Cherokee land; Jackson was determined to remove the Cherokee to allow the spread of eager settlers, anxious to personally benefit from this bountiful land. While the act legally only allowed for the negotiation of land exchange with tribes east of the Mississippi for western lands, Jackson chose to add this interpretation to his decision to force the Cherokee to leave their homeland, literally at bayonet point.
These splints were combined with a map showing the decline of Cherokee land. The pattern is a traditional one called “Mountain”, representing the ancestral homeland of the Cherokee.