4.25” X 4” X 6”
Arches watercolor paper splints printed with archival inks, acrylic paint
This miniature, single-weave style basket is woven in the traditional Cherokee pattern called “Lightning”. The paper splints were printed with names, chosen from the 10-12,0000 students who attended the Carlisle Indian Boarding School (in red) woven in combination with the New Testament, written in the Cherokee syllabary (black). The title and pattern choices compare the power of lightning to the unstoppable force these double conversion attempts had on native culture. But it also is a tribute that despite the attempted genocides, Indian people were not conquerable.