Exhibition: Impacted Nations: A Traveling Indian Art Show



Honor the Earth, a national Native American foundation and political advocacy organization, is launching its Impacted Nations traveling art show in New York City this month. Premiering at the Nathan Cummings Foundation at 475 10th Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets) now through January 2006, the artwork profiles the intersection of Indigenous artists and environmental concerns.

With over fifty pieces of artwork spanning the continent, Impacted Nations is an artistic collaboration that portrays the conflict between Native peoples' cultural and spiritual relationship to Native land and the economic forces that undermine that relationship and Indigenous ways of

“By bringing Native art and resistance into the spectrum of mainstream fine arts and culture, we include the voices of the most vocal and passionate communicators: the fine contemporary and traditional art of Native peoples who live in remote villages, reservation towns, border communities and urban centers,” Winona LaDuke said.

As her work with Honor the Earth progressed, LaDuke encountered more and more Indian artists who were saying the same thing with their art - “the anguish and angst” inherent in the conflict between an industrial society and Native people.

”They came to us many times, saying ‘We have art, can you use it?,’ “ she said. “The support of artists for our mission has been great.”

Eventually, LaDuke had collected enough names and artworks that she decided to organize the “Impacted Nations” show. It opened in New York in 2005 and has winded its way through the country over the last three years - from Santa Fe, N.M., to Minneapolis to Durango, Colo., to Pine Ridge, S.D.

In other words, all through Indian Country.

The work, all from Native artists, is both traditional (hide paintings) and contemporary, a mix of media and messages that ultimately have one voice: that of a clash of cultures, with spiritual overtones.

The artists are the tops in the field of Native art, and include Rabbett Strickland, who LaDuke calls “the Michelangelo of the Native people.”
— Missoulian Article about the show (Winona LaDuke, American Indian activist and author, the director of Honor the Earth, the show's organizer)