October 12, 2020: DIGNITY (Indigenous Peoples Day), 10/12/2020

Piotr Szyhalski / Labor Camp

Digital file

Gift of funds from Mary and Bob Mersky 2021.1.203

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This artwork is part of the series COVID-19: Labor Camp Report.

Artist's statement on this artwork originally published on the @laborcamp Instagram account:

There is no doubt that the Regime uses history as a tool of manipulation and oppression. The truth has been systematically warped, erased, and/or falsified to suit the needs of the ruling class. This continues to this day: the efforts to enforce “patriotic education” standards, ban the education programs that deal with systemic racism, or the all out attack on the 1619 curriculum, are just a few examples. But there is no greater historical lie, than the way systematic genocide of Native American populations has been portrayed. Today is Indigenous Peoples Day: a celebration of our true history, which replaces what used to be “Columbus Day.” I am proud to live in Minnesota, one of only 14 states that recognizes this day as the Indigenous Peoples Day.

Image: In Copyright. Gift of funds from Mary and Bob Mersky

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