AS LONG AS THE GRASS GROWS. 

1993.  Oil (44 X 70”).   Courtesy United American Indians of New England.

 

ARTIST COMMENT:  A Native American’s pledge was good “as long as the grass grew.”  The U.S. responded with broken treaties and the likes of George Custer.  The Indian removal policy, earlier formulated by Thomas Jefferson, was undisguised genocide which left a vast, rich and viable civilization decimated to languish on useless land.  Americans called the western movement “Manifest Destiny” and regaled in its “triumph.”  [Images fr: GUERNICA, Picasso; DEATH ON A PALE HORSE, West; MOUNT RUSHMORE, Borglum.]