Bryce Worthing | Undergraduate Student

Perspective Piece
 
FROM THE ARTIST:
 
This work stems from some personal research about the indigenous people who used to live on this Michigan land as well as Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri. Specifically, the Meskwaki tribe who was called the Fox by the French. The Meskwaki people formally lost all lands in 1845 and were removed by settler-colonists to a reservation in Kansas. Some Meskwaki people remained in Iowa and in 1857 the Meskwaki purchased their first 80 acres in Iowa. Slowly between 1857 and 1866 groups of Meskwaki returned to Iowa. The tribe traded 130 trees to obtain funds to purchase another 40 acres in 1867. By 1987 the Meskwaki had expanded their holdings to 7,054 acres.
 
This piece shows a photograph of a bark made home, a traditional Meskwaki structure. Layered on top is a piece of tracing paper painted with a thin layer of white paint to symbolize the whitewashing of history. Over the paint, I drew my home in Ann Arbor in red pencil. Redlining is a discriminatory practice that puts services out of reach for residents of certain areas based on race or ethnicity. It’s a systematic denial of mortgages, insurance, loans, and other financial services based on location.”


Acknowledging Ancestry of the Oppressor
 
“Pokeberry juice on paper”