The Painted Histories Project began as an investigation into the displacement of Southern Idaho Shoshone Indians. However, the work became not so much about the Native Americans who have inhabited Boise, my hometown, but rather about how dominant white culture objectifies and commodifies Indian culture, turning to myth a history that is not, and never was—illuminating our shared, yet painted histories.
When Europeans and their descendents settled on Shoshone land, the Indians referred to themselves by whatever food resource they were harvesting at that particular time and location. As seasons changed and people traveled, they adopted new names. Whites knew Bison Eaters, Rabbit Eaters and Sheep Eaters as different tribes, never truly discovering the nature of the people whose territory they claimed.
Chromogenic Print, 9 x 13"