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Oscar Arredondo

"Welcome to Cleveland" from the exhibition "A Mile in My Moccasins."

"Welcome to Cleveland," is a series of 18 framed prints dealing with issues of stereotyping Native Americans and other racial groups, is available for loan from CHGS.

Welcome to Cleveland, Home of the...,

Each image is 23 1/2 x 18 inches. Marker on paper. 2000.

About the Artist

Oscar Arredondo, an Aztec Native American who lives in Minnesota, has directed much of his work on the use of Indian symbols as trademarks and logos for sport's teams, especially those at colleges and univerities. The concept, of course, is insulting, but not obvious to all. Defeated in their attempts to defend their land and removed to reservations, Native Americans for the most part have been made into stereotypes and objects called "collectibles," are made in their image, much like some wooden dolls of orthodox Jews now sold in Poland.  Arredondo has directed much of his campaign against the University of North Dakota. UND built a hockey palace several years ago with a donation of $104 million from casino owner Ralph Engelstad. Engelstad specified taht for the gift to be valid, some 3000 to 4500 logos of the "Fighting Sioux" would have to be built permanently into the arena, as they were. The University has refused to deal with the situation partially out of cost of removal of so many images, many in tole and stone.

On August 5, 2005 the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) established a ban on post-season play for Universities that maintain Indian mascots. There was a very mixed reception to the NCAA decision, and some schools threatened court action. Schools with 20% or more Native American population were exempted from the decision.

Articles: 2005 NCAA bans on Indian Mascots

A Mile in My Moccasins

A Mile in My Moccasins. 6'6" x 38' x 16". Mixed Media. 1995 - 2000


A Mile in My Moccasins.  Detail

A Mile in My Moccasins. Detail

Mile in Moccasins

A Mile in My Moccasins. Details


Altar

A Mile in My Moccasins. Detail

A Mile in My Moccasins. Detail


A Mile in My Moccasins. Detail

A Mile in My Moccasins. Detail


A Mile in My Moccasins. Detail

A Mile in My Moccasins. Detail


A Mile in My Moccasins. Detail

A Mile in My Moccasins. Detail

A Mile in My Moccasins. Detail

A Mile in My Moccasins. Detail


A Mile in My Moccasins. Detail

A Mile in My Moccasins. Detail


A Mile in My Moccasins. Detail

Mile in Moccasins

The Containment of Black Hawk II.  30 x 12 x 5¼. Mixed Media. 2000. Detail on the left.

Detail

The Cross of Cortez III. 44 x 40. Mixed Media. 2000


The Death of Innocence 1492.  35 x 30 x 23.Mixed Media. 2000
Detail
End of theTrail II.  44 x 28 x 26. Mixed Media. 2000  On the right is the front and left is the back.

Day of Reckoning II. 23 x 11 x 11. Mixed Media. 2000

Back
The Indomitable II. 90 x 35 x 26. Mixed Media. 2000


The Scars of Oppression III.  27 x 33 x 13¾. Mixed Media. 2000.
Song of Sitting Bull
The Song of Sitting Bull. 28 x 16 x 7¥. Mixed Media. 2000
Cross of Cortez
The Cross of Cortez III. 44 x 40. Mixed Media. 2000