DEFEND THE SACRED
“Defend the Sacred” is a poster series made up of 8 portraits and 4 statements acknowledging and spreading awareness about violence against Indigenous women (MMIW). My goal is to shed light on a critical, ongoing issue that has been ignored, minimized, and hidden; to tell our story in a way that feels alive and current, not rooted in stereotypes. The number of portrait poster editions is 12 because that is the number of solved Indigenous homicide cases in Canada over the last 10 years. 12 out of 66 total reported murder cares. The posters are for public use and you can find them HERE and HERE.
DONATE to MMIW | Who Is Missing
DONATE to MMIWUSA - an organization based in Portland, OR
MMIW | Who Is Missing - the "Defend the Sacred" project is published under Art Community
A study on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in states impacted by the Keystone XL pipeline. Produced by the Sovereign Bodies Institute - PDF
Report on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Produced by Urban Indian Health Institute. - PDF
Information on the Indigenous communities in Portland, OR. Produced by the University of Portland. - PDF
The conversation regarding murdered and missing Indigenous women is one that has been avoided for decades in North America. It is a subject that delves deep into the heart of a legacy predominated by patriarchal control and a conquered landscape. These missing and murdered Indigenous women represent an economic and social issue affecting all Indigenous communities. From the First Nations people of Canada to the Inuit of the Arctic Circle, and onward to the various Native American communities of the United States. It is our country's dark and open secret. As a cultural ethnic group that has been socially, economically, and politically marginalized, Indigenous women have been frequent targets of hatred and violence. Underlying social factors such as poverty and homelessness contribute to their victimization, as do historically cultural factors such as racism, sexism, and the legacy of colonialism. The intersection of these factors contributes to a dangerous reality for all Indigenous women across North America.