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TURTLE ISLAND
Approx 38" Diameter & Height
Papier Mache coiled vessel, hollow & lidded, acrylic faux metalic
& sand painted finish

IROQUOIS ORAL HISTORY: Sky Woman fell
down to the earth when it was covered with water.
Different animals tried to swim to the bottom of the
ocean to bring back dirt to create land. Muskrat
succeeded in gathering dirt which was placed on the
back of a turtle, which grew into the land of
North America.

It is being used today by many Native rights and
environmental activists. In an essay, published in
'At Home on the Earth', Gary Snyder claimed this
title as a term referring to North America which
synthesizes both indigenous and colonizer cultures...
Snyder argues that understanding North America
under the name of Turtle Island will help shift
conceptions of the continent.

This re-framing of the identity of North America
is intended to bring about a better cohabitation of
these two groups of people, a more holistic relationship
between people and the continent's ecology, visualizing
Turtle Island as an amalgamation of bioregions.

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