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Rising Buffalo

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Repression is defined as the rejection from consciousness of painful or disagreeable ideas, memories, feelings, or impulses. Perhaps on another token, it is tough love or maybe even an over abundance of love that squeezes an entity dry, or in this case, almost dry. Mr. Zig Jackson is a Native American Indian of Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara descent. The three affiliated tribes from the Dakota areas of the United States. Small pox divided the tribes and the bureau of Indian affairs gave the surviving old Indians the last names, Jackson, Stevenson and Lincoln; names of three of the US presidents. Through a government rationed lifestyle and the education he received from a government Indian boarding school, St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, South Dakota, the system managed to pave a path. Mr Zig Jackson is now a long standing professor of photography currenlty teaching at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Throughout the year he collects donated clothes to take back with him on annual trips across country to his family. Realizing where you are from I suppose is an important process in art making and art experiencing. For Mr. Zig, the journey has come full circle and he is able now to give back in more ways than one. However, he attributes his early childhood education to his passion for art. He states “For as long as I can remember, art has been my passion. An integral part of my culture, art to me is innate. As a child, I remember playfully fighting with my brothers over government commodity boxes which we used to sketch on; commodities were U.S.-subsidized foods given to us by the government.” Perhaps from this we can learn to instead create meaningful art and not war.


Written by thementalmuseum

April 22, 2009 at 1:38 am

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