“I’ve been navigating through some big questions: Why is survival of historical traumas met with alcoholism or violence or abuse? Would my family’s narrative have turned out differently if there was no removal from our ancestral land? What influences changed the role of the father?
The building of the Kinzu Dam in 1965 and the closing of the Thomas Indian School in 1957 are still part of our community’s recent history, so what does survival mean by adding a new generation to the family in the face of the continued effects of colonialism? How does humor play a part in the healing? This work has become part of my answer to those big questions.”
-Luanne Redeye (Seneca Nation/Hawk Clan)
Shown: If We Forgive Our Fathers What is Left, 2017. Frame: fabric, seed beads, paper, thread; Study: gel photo transfer, gouache, and acrylic on watercolor paper.