During my Summer of Dad, I revisited the Denver Art Museum and came across this exhibit. Enjoy.“Indian canoes were used on the river highways for thousands of years but after the Great Invasion, they were also used by trappers, traders and U.S. government agents. The agents were sent to rid the land of Indians so that the land could be sold or given to European farmers as well as for the U.S. government to exploit the abundant resources.
Trade Canoe for Don Quixote moves the trade canoe to a more massive war canoe such as the ocean going canoes on the Pacific Rim. Besides the wars in the Middle East, perpetuated by the U.S., there are other issues that are fought politically in a war-like way. These issues might be as varied as a woman’s right to choose for her own body; healthy natural foods versus unhealthy processed foods that are controlled by massive corporate campaigns; the consumer culture issue which are controlled by international corporations versus living in a sustainable way and of course, religious fervor can be the basis of war. Xenophobia drives wayfaring people to terrorize innocent people, especially women, children and the elderly. This has been going on since the beginning of human kind. I dumped all this into the trade canoe. Can we trade all of this for peace, respect, kindness, friendship, sustainability and a caring for our planet and all its inhabitants?”
Artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith