Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Focus On Native American Reservations: "Lakota, Dakota Nation" At The Houston/Bowery Mural Wall

A new project was unveiled recently at the wall located at the corner of Bowery and Houston. The mural is called The Inside Out Group Action: "Lakota, Dakota Nation". It highlights the Standing Rock and Pineridge Native Reservations -- some of the most important Native American reservations whose impoverished and forgotten communities have suffered unspeakable hardships. The Lakota, Dakota Nation group action is to show that the people in this community are still struggling to hold onto their native way of life.
Community leaders work with their people to teach their traditions, history, and ceremonies - knowledge which is critical to their collective survival. The Inside Out Project "Lakota, Dakota Nation" is intended to shine a light on this rich culture, for which they are fighting daily.
Inside Out is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world.
The INSIDE OUT project is a creation of the artist JR, recipient of the 2011 TED Prize. (information from the village voice blogs).

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