Land wealth and property wealth are two of the greatest forms of wealth in the world. The genocides of indigenous people have been overlooked throughout history to justify more “developed nations” grab for power through wealth. This is most evident in America's ongoing history of the genocide of the indigenous people of Turtle Island.
Since the inception of the Americas under European colonial rule, indigenous people have been kidnapped, murdered, raped, and oppressed for their land. The US government has yet to acknowledge this horrific history, compensate native tribes, or give them their land back. Indigenous people in America still face extreme oppression with little to no resources.
This series features Pretty Nose, who was an Arapaho war chief. She fought in the Battle of the Little Bighorn and helped to defeat the Lt. Col. George A. Custer and the United States government to preserve indigenous ways of life. She lived to be at least 101 years old. Sitting Bull was a Hunkpapa Lakota leader who led his people during years of resistance against the United States government. Flying Hawk was an Oglala Lakota warrior, historian, educator, and philosopher. Chief Joseph was a leader of the Wallowa band of the Nez Perce Tribe, who in 1877 led his people on a journey across the Rocky Mountains. Unidentified Lakota woman.
This series is a play on the United States currency, bringing attention to the ongoing genocide of the indigenous people, the theft and depletion of their land, and the topic of reparations. America has yet to acknowledge its stronghold as one of the foremost economic powers is because they exist on stolen land. These recycled shipping pallets are (roughly) 19 x .42 -in.
Design: The Artist Oliver James