2nd Student Artists' Book Contest 2016





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Creation Date



Undergraduate student, year of graduation 2019. Major: Experimental and Foundation Studies. Class: Design I. Faculty: Judy Maloney.

Materials + Techniques

Black museum board and black paper

Student Narrative

My book is about the contemporary issues on Native American reservations and how the United States government has produced these conditions. I used imagery and research from the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, a reservation that has third world living conditions. The images in the book reflect the housing crisis, substance abuse, neglect, and suicide rates on the reservation. I chose a landscape format in order to force the viewer into the scene and educate them about these issues, something the American public has failed to do. The text in the book comes from a treaty with the Sioux Indians. It is hard to read in order to emphasize the fact that it was not followed through. It is divided 25 times with the panels of the book because the US government made 25 treaties with the Sioux Indians. I chose this topic because I have been to and worked on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, It is a place that has had a huge impact on me, as I hope this book will on others.