Since I have struggled with my identity for so long wondering what race I should consider myself since I am part french, German, and half Native American. Our President is also a half breed, he is Caucasian on his mother's side and African on his father's side, and yet all I hear is how our President is the first African American to be elected to the office of President. So since he can consider himself African American, I will no longer struggle with my race issue, I am Native American!!!
That may seem sort of strange to struggle with such an issue. But for me I take pride in being Native American. I truly wish that society was different than it is today, as I believe the Tribes of Native Americans need to unite, the warriors within these communities need to arise, and we as a people need to make our voices heard. Enough of our land being taken, the minerals being stripped from Turtle Island, we need to arise as one and make our presence and voice heard.
As an artist I am working on some ideas for Native American paintings that will not just be works of art, but will be a message to all that see them. Thus I am posting this little blog in the hope that all who read this will take up my request. That request being...if you have any ideas on themes of paintings that you feel would strike a nerve and raise up our people please contact me and let your voice be heard.
Thank you all
Monday, January 26, 2009
Well hello everyone,
Sorry to have been so quiet and to have seemed to forgotten this blog. The year 2009 has begun and for me it has started out as one of the worst years I can remember since losing my leg and mobility. On December 28th, the love of my life Diane, lost one of her sons to a drug overdose. He was such a kind and beautiful young man, and I had begun to feel as if he were my own son. He will be truly missed not just by his mom, brothers, and extended family, but by me. Then no sooner than his memorial service was over I received a phone call from my parents in Washington State, my brother-in-law who served our Country for two tours in the Army in Iraq, had come home to be with my sister and their two boys, he went into their garage and committed suicide by hanging himself. Oh my God, I cannot believe this has happened, my sister found him, and her oldest son a sophomore in high school had to cut his father down from the rafters. Because of his outstanding military service, the Army has buried him with full Military honors, and will be providing help and services to my sis and her boys, but they have lost their husband, father, and friend. Thankfully my parents had moved to be close to my sister while he was away in Iraq so they were right there when this news hit. So for the beginning of this new year of 2009 you can see that it has not been a good start.
But now that the memorials are all done with and life tries to return to some sort of normal, I am going to make a huge effort to make this blog come alive.
What does that mean??? Well my dear friends, I will be writing on a regular basis, and I will be posting art work as I complete it for your viewing and pleasure. I will also be asking and trying to answer some of the more difficult questions that face each of us. It should be fun, it should be challenging and hopefully you will all respond with your own input and questions that will spark this blog into being a wonderful place for people to visit and grow.
So I take my hat off, well if I ever wore a hat, to each of you for being so patient and send out a shout to all of you, as together we face this new year that has lots of potential for hope, and happiness even though the USA economy looks so bad!
Bye for now and see you all really soon, Greg