Indigenous Context with History and Identity by Artist, Gregg Deal (Zoom)
Much understanding of the modern Indigenous struggle is missing context and if often informed by stereotypes and the perspective of those who are not indigenous. Change can happen at the hands of understanding history and the context of these things before you can begin to understand the current and very real modern Indigenous struggle.
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Biography: Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe) is a provocative contemporary artist and activist. Much of Deal’s work challenges Western perception of Indigenous people, touching on issues of race, history consideration and stereotype. With this work—paintings, mural work, performance art, filmmaking and spoken word—Deal critically examines issues and tells stories that affect Indian country such as decolonization and appropriation.
A photograph of Deal was included in the 12.2018 National Geographic Society Magazine article “Native Americans are recasting views of indigenous life” for his performance art, has been Native Arts Artist-in-Residence at the Denver Art Museum in 2015-2016, and 2017 and Artist In Residence at UC Berkeley for the 2017-2018 school year. His art has been exhibited nationally since 2002. Deal has lectured widely at prominent educational institutions and museums, including: TEDx, Denver Art Museum, Denver, C.O.; Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.; Columbia University, New York City, N.Y.; Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. His television appearances have included PBS’s The Art District, “The Daily Show”.