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Cannupa Hanska Luger

Cannupa Hanska Luger spoke at University of Oregon in the Law Building on November 14th, 2018. While that lecture had not been recorded I've included another lecture and some other media below the notes from his talk. I was completely blown away and so incredibly inspired by Cannupa’s compassion and sensitivity. I felt this so much when he started describing his bead project which led to everyone in the room himself included tearing up. Check out his site here.


“Artists are lucky because we can be honest and it doesnt effect our job”

“The story of rugged individualism is a sad lie”

“Privilege is not a tool, it is a weapon”

“I try to be honest not because it is true but because it is flexible”

“How can my struggle inform your struggle & how can my privilege inform your privilege?”

“Unity in diversity”

“Art is a verb - not a noun. Its in the making” — how can I see the process as art? Specifically in relation to work w/ Lo // documentation of process

“What did white people give up to be white? White people gave up their relationship to place.” 

“Call people in, not out”


Artist Cannupa Hanska Luger holds one of his mirrored shields at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in Standing Rock, N.D. (The UnKnown Collective / from Cannupa Hanska Luger)

Artist Cannupa Hanska Luger holds one of his mirrored shields at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in Standing Rock, N.D. (The UnKnown Collective / from Cannupa Hanska Luger)

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In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, artist Cannupa Hanska Luger (U.S., Mandan/Hidata/Arikara/Lakota, b. 1979) visited the FJJMA November 19th to discuss his 2014 film project, "This is a Stereotype: Misconceptions of the Native American." Luger's visit served to promote thoughtful dialogue about the issues of stereotypes.