These Native American Artists Want You to Know They Are ‘Still Here’

“For so long, we've had other people tell our stories and document our stories. They've researched us so much they've forgotten we are human beings,” said Peters, who is Diné (Navajo). “It's important for us to have our [own] narrative, to [define] exactly who we are as indigenous people.”

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It wasn’t until I left the Navajo Reservation that I understood my purpose as a Navajo storyteller.

Leaving was the beginning, but eventually I came to understand that it wasn’t enough. I needed to go back to school. This may seem obvious, but to me it wasn’t. Higher education was never a value instilled in me—my parents only told me to find a job and not depend on others.

Occidental College – March 24th 2016

I'll be speaking this Thursday at Occidental College addressing the historic U.S. policy of American Indian urban relocation and the visual, narrative imagery of American Indians in mass society - especially in the mecca of media - Hollywood!

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