Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ode to Martha

Martha is a fellow artist.  I met her at the Santa Fe Indian Market a few years ago and we shared a booth.  She is a talented weaver as well as an out spoken representative of the Winnebego tribe.  I admire her very much.  I am working on this portrait of her and plan on surprising her at the upcoming Heard Museum show in March.

Behind her is one of her latest weavings called "Blood Quantum".  Many people don't know it, but each tribe has the ability to restrict it's membership to any level of blood percentage (or quantum).  For some tribes this means if they marry a non native their children will not be a member of the tribe.   You cannot sell your art as an Indian according to the US government if you are not a tribal member.

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