7.75” x 8” x 9.5”
Arches watercolor paper splints, first printed with archival inks, acrylic paint
This basket is woven from the student roster of the 10- 12,000 names of Indian children who attended the Carlisle Indian Boarding School (PA) from 1879 – 1918. After removing these children from their home and families, it was the intent of the US government to “civilize” them and assimilate them into the ways of the white society. Student names are combined with a double-exposed and hand-tinted black and white photograph taken by the artist of a Cherokee woman wearing traditional clothing in front of our mountain homeland. Does more need to be said?