“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.”
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.
As a Navajo living in the city, I want our history to be remembered and acknowledge. We are part of Los Angeles History too!
Join Kimberly Guerrero, Klee Benally, Pamela J. Peters, Steven P. Judd, Myrton Running Wolf, and Jim Ruel at UCR on Sat. May 14th - "Indigenous Perspectives: Identity and Representation Through Media." Several workshops will discuss Indigenous portrayal through film, social justice, art, and photography along with Keynote speakers speaking about native people in the film industry today.
Truly honored that two images from our Legacy of Exiled NDNZ series was selected as part of the Colors of Humanity Art Gallery! Even more that one was NOTEWORTHY selected!
I want to bring awareness of our presence and cultural contribution to "Los Angeles; we, too, have a story woven into the history of Southern California." #LANatives
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!