8” x 9” x 12.5”
Arches watercolor paper splints, first printed with archival inks, acrylic paint
Created in a traditional single-weave style, this basket comments on the conflict of American values; Indian people place their connection to their ancestral motherland above everything else while the dominant white culture idolizes the almighty dollar. The splints were printed on both sides with a map showing the decline of Cherokee land. Also woven into the basket is a reproduction of a painting by the artist of a $20 bill, featuring President Andrew Jackson.
Andrew Jackson has a special place in Cherokee history. Before Jackson became president, a Cherokee warrior saved his life at The Battle of Horseshoe Bend, and Jackson swore eternal loyalty to “his Indian brothers”. However, once elected president, it was Jackson who overruled Justice Marshall’s decision that the treaty used as the basis to remove the Cherokee from their homeland was unconstitutional. Using federal military strength, Jackson forced the Cherokee to leave the mountains and march to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). Over 1/4 of the Cherokee people died along the way from starvation, exhaustion, disease and heartbreak. That march is now referred to as ‘The Trail of Tears’.
America thinks Jackson was a great leader and celebrates his accomplishments by placing him on our national currency. The Cherokee consider him to be a traitor of the worst kind.