WENDY RED STAR’S WILD WEST
& CONGRESS OF ROUGH RIDERS OF THE WORLD
Bumbershoot 2014 - Fisher Pavilion
August 30th - September 1st, 2014
It’s live, it’s wild, it’s the real Wild West. Featuring eleven of the top Native American and First Nations artists and performers, plus 100 horses, buffalo and longhorn steers. Come delight in seeing the most cutting edge contemporary Native American art and artists
The intention of Wendy Red Star’s Wild West And Congress of Rough Riders of The World is to showcase contemporary Native American art and artist through their eyes and perspective. Since Seattle Center was originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, it brought to mind the complicated history of World Fairs, expositions, and the famous Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in regard to indigenous peoples. In these venues, Native peoples were publicly exhibited, as a main attraction and entertainment for millions. They were usually presented in so-called “natural” or “primitive” state, in dioramas, or even in cages. They were enthusiastically paraded as lower on the scale of evolutionary progress, and represented the counterbalance to dominate Western European civilization. On behalf of my great grandparents who participated in Buffalo Bill’s West, my grandparents who participated in or watched the St. Louis World’s Fair (1904) and the Chicago World’s Fair (1933), I want to produce my own Wild West show. Not in the literal sense, but in the sense that the participants (the Rough Riders of the World: Native American contemporary artists) will be allowed to take back ownership of Native American representations. Native American artists will have a chance to produce, present and disseminate their culture and own nativeness. The artists’ works included in this exhibition demonstrate a thriving and diverse spectrum of Native American identity in the 21st century. They are the rough riders who shatter many of the stereotypical notions placed upon Native Americans.
Join curator and artist Wendy Red Star for this exciting exhibition at Bumbershoot 2014. Red Star is an artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. Red Star has an MFA from UCLA and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.
*Poster designed by: Demian Diné Yazhi’
3:50 pm |
August 29 2014
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MAP OF COLORADO, 1862
Wheatpaste poster measuring 17.75” x 24”
Map of Colorado Territory Embracing the Central Gold Region, 1862. Colorado was first organized as a Territory on February 28, 1861, in the midst of the Colorado Gold Rush. It would become a state on August 1, 1876, following the same boundaries.
2:21 am |
July 30 2014
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MAP OF NEW MEXICO, 1904
Wheatpaste poster measuring 18” X 22.1”
Detailed map of the Territory, colored by Counties, showing towns, Indian Tribes, Reservations and related details, railroads, railroad stations, post offices, rivers, forts and other places of interest. .
11:22 am |
July 22 2014
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High resolution poster of punk rock, indigenous radical queer warrior, Fred Martinez. As with all our posters, feel liberated to print out and wheatpaste at will!
Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Fred became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Between tradition and controversy, sex and spirit, and freedom and fear, lives the truth—the bravest choice you can make is to be yourself.
11:58 am |
July 20 2014
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Demian Diné Yazhi’
Untitled (For We’Wha), 2014
“When Europeans arrived in North America they were shocked that native peoples often interpreted gender differently from them. Not only were many cultures matriarchal, a great many tribes accepted three genders instead of only two.
Zuni Pueblo, in western New Mexico, honored three genders before the coming of protestant missionaries. Men who chose not to become hunters and warriors became lhamanas, members of the alternative gender that bridged the other two. While they were initiated into male religious societies, they became crafts specialists and wore female garb. They were nonwarriors who moved freely in the male and female worlds.
We-wha was a Zuni lhamana who helped bridge his culture and that of Anglo-Americans. He was one of the first Zunis to experiment with new economic activities, something essential in the changing world of his day. He was a cultural ambassador for Zuni, traveling to Washington, D.C., where no one guessed he was not a woman in the many months he mixed with “high society” there. He assisted Anglo scholars who came to record the ways of his people, but he also resisted Anglo incursions when they seemed improper — once even ending up in jail.
He was a deeply spiritual person. In this icon he is shown garbed as the man-woman kachina, Kolhamana, a role he filled during his life. His hands and face are painted ceremonially and he is ready to place the sacred mask upon his face. He was well loved throughout his life and his death brought grief to Zuni. The rainbow spirit above his head in the icon emphasizes that he is now one of the holy ones who return to his people with blessings. His photograph hangs in the tribal museum today, and gay Native Americans throughout North America remember him as a spiritual hero and guide." // —Robert Lentz
12:13 pm |
July 17 2014
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High resolution poster of an Apsaalooke’ woman photographed by Cree photographer Richard Throssel in the early 1900s. As with all our posters, feel liberated to print out and wheatpaste at will!
#PROTOFEMINISM #NOWAVEFEMINISM #DECOLONIZEFEMINISM #INDIGENOUS #AMERICANINDIANWOMAN #NATIVEEMPOWERMENT #ITHOUGHTYOUKNEW #RESPECT #PUNKROCK
5:16 pm |
July 7 2014
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High resolution poster of Juanita, wife of Diné Chief Manuelito, taken by Charles Milton Bell in the late 1800s. As with all our posters, feel liberated to print out and wheatpaste at will!
#DECOLONZEFEMINISM #FEMINISM #NOWAVE #NOWAVEFEMINISM #NATIVEWOMEN #AMERICANINDIAN #NDN #NATIVEEMPOWERMENT#RADICAL #INDIGENOUS #SURVIVANCE #EMPOWERMENT #DEMIANDINEYAZHI #RESISTANCE#RISE #RISEindigenous #WARRIOR #RESPECT #PUNKROCK
8:22 pm |
July 5 2014
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SAVAGERY TO “CIVILIZATION”
THE INDIAN WOMEN: We whom you pity as drudges
reached centuries ago the goal that you are now nearing.
The use of Indian women to provide an exemplar of feminist liberty continued into the nineteenth century. On May 16, 1914, only six years before the first national election in which women had the vote, Puck printed a line drawing of a group of Indian women observing Susan B. Anthony, Anne Howard Shaw and Elizabeth Cady Stanton leading a parade of women. A verse under the print read:
"Savagery to Civilization"
We, the women of the Iroquois
Own the Land, the Lodge, the Children
Ours is the right to adoption, life or death;
Ours is the right to raise up and depose chiefs;
Ours is the right to representation in all councils;
Ours is the right to make and abrogate treaties;
Ours is the supervision over domestic and foreign policies;
Ours is the trusteeship of tribal property;
Our lives are valued again as high as man’s.
3:26 am |
July 2 2014
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