"I think the importance of artists in the Native American community is more than just an aesthetic museum type of experience. For us, it was survival. When you think about the experiences our communities have survived, they’ve sustained through war and not just war, but persecution, annihilation, cultural annihilation…We’ve used art as our way of defining ourselves and expressing ourselves, religiously, spiritually, our language base, everything has gone into that expression. So our art is really an identity. It’s so important to look at the art to understand the unique culture of the Native American tribes and part of our sustainability and our survival ties directly into that art."
Source: Valerie Red-Horse (via nitanahkohe)
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