Native American stories are too frequently told from a historical perspective, but Indigenous communities never left.
We just drowned out their voices for too long.
In this episode of The Art Biz, I talk with Danielle SeeWalker, a Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Danielle has beautiful stories to tell, from which we can all learn. And she’s dealing with the same stuff as other artists: balancing motherhood with her art and activism.
- The symbolism in her work that came from a dream.
- The many hats she wears.
- The variety of art forms she works with.
- How she decides which projects to take on.
- How the rest of us can serve as allies for Indigenous people around the globe.
One lovely takeaway from this interview is that Danielle doesn’t separate her art from her life. Everything is connected.
Danielle SeeWalker Quotes
“Even if all of us together, less than 2% of the population, scream at the top of our lungs, we're still not often heard. And so we rely on allies to help us.”
“We are everywhere and maybe you just don't realize it.”
“Writing is something I have a love/hate relationship with, which I have to do to keep telling stories to people.”
“People need to be having free speech and hearing about what their realities are and their personal experience is.”
“We are still here. We're thriving. We're actively successfully contributing to many communities all over the place.”
About My Guest
Danielle SeeWalker is a Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and currently resides in Denver, Colorado. She is a mother of two, a multidisciplinary artist, muralist, writer, businesswoman, and Commissioner of the Denver American Indian Commission.
As a multidisciplinary fine artist and muralist, Danielle works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American stereotypes, microaggressions, and colonialist systems, both historically and in contemporary society. Drawing on au courant color palettes, expressionistic art strategies, and her Lakota traditions, SeeWalker spins her work into a contemporary vision.
Follow her on Instagram @seewalker-art