In her new art installment “I Honor You” at Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts, Denae Shanidiin will commend the “500+ year battles” fought by indigenous populations in the United States. Not to sound biased, but 500+ years is kind of a long time and maybe deserves a bit more recognition in mainstream media. So consider this art installment baby steps towards recognition of larger narratives for a population that inhabited this land long before Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks swept every square mile.
Shanidiin’s art commemorates the personal experience and unification of a new generation of Native American youth. Says Shanidiin, “We recognize and honor that we are more truthfully alive when we give attention to our life sustaining air, our sacred water, the land we walk on.”
The opening reception will be during this month’s gallery stroll at Mestizo on Friday, April 21st from 6-9pm. For more information, call 801-361-5662