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POCAHONTAS meets Hello Kitty

January 21 – February 28, 2008

I Will Not Be Silent, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, I Will Not Be Silent, 2006
            ImagOn print, 13 ½ by 9 ½ inches


This exchange portfolio of prints uses Pocahontas and Hello Kitty as a ploy to engage the public to consider new ways of looking at Native American and Asian/Asian-American women in history; the plot is to educate viewers and especially young women about this issue; and the point is to exhibit the prints at various reservations and in communities throughout the United States and abroad. 

The project, organized by Melanie Yazzie, includes 38 artists and was also supported by the Southern Graphics Council and the University of Kansas, SGC sponsor in 2007.  Kathryn Polk designed the portfolio’s colophon, which was the source for this text.  Special thanks to Melissa Schulenberg, assistant professor of fine arts at St. Lawrence University.

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, a Flathead Salish artist, writes about her print at left, “American Indian tribes have suffered genocide the same as the Iraqi and Afghani tribes today.”