Art > "CIRCA INDIAN"

Circa Indian is a chronological installation that carries collective tribal history and individual experiences from the 1800’s to current, using textiles, painting, and dolls. The thematic focus are the women participants of the Modoc Ghost Dance ceremonies of the 1860’s whom are depicted at important stages of the ceremony; gathering, dance, singing, and rest. 100 years since the dances, quilting was introduced to my family as a Sioux-Modoc intertribal exchange in the 1960’s. Now, 150 years later, the dancers have visually re-emerged to continue my genealogy, solidifying the past with the present. The figurative sculpture embodies story to transition between each painting in support of the installation thesis of locating and dissolving the boundaries of Indian art, history, and identity.