Today is Thanksgiving Day. As I sat down to do my design challenge, I started writing all the things I'm grateful for. At the end of the list I wrote: What does today really represent? Stolen land and bloodshed. While I'm happy we set aside a day each year to be with family and friends and share a meal together this piece is about taking a moment of silence, remembering the people that suffered for hundreds of years and continue to be persecuted today. It's a tribute to the men, women, and children who were killed in pursuit of land and progress.
I've always wished history could be taught in a way that that made me care. I dug up Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States and found some excerpts I had underlined back in high school. This piece takes type from Howard Zinn's account on Columbus and the genocides of the Native American People that occurred in the late 1400s and early 1500s. The image overlayed by type is of a painting I did of a modern Native American standing up for his rights during the No DAPL protests last year.