Reimagining Indian Country: Native American Migration & Identity in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles
Artist(s)/Author(s): Nicolas G. Rosenthal
Format: Book
Number of Pages: 239
Dimensions: 5.75" x 8.75"
ISBN: 978-1-4696-1756-5
Date Published/Produced: 2012
City Produced/Published: Chapel Hill and San Bernadino
Reference Number: ST.30913.Ro
Location: Stacks
Acquisition Date: 1/13/2019
Copies: 1
Collection: Main Museum
Donated By: Allison Agsten

Collection Description: 
Books were part of the exhibition Rigo 23: When Ripples Become Waves by Rigo 23 that occured at the Main Museum from 2/25-4/13. Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves featured works that emphasize the artist’s longtime advocacy for social and political change, specifically calling attention to the incarceration of political prisoners and the plight of indigenous communities in the United States. Rigo 23 (b. 1966, Portugal), is a Los Angeles-based Portuguese artist known for large-scale outdoor murals, is considered part of the first generation of the San Francisco Mission School art movement, which emerged in the city’s Mission District in the early 1990s. For nearly three decades, his socially engaged work has focused on addressing injustices, notably highlighting Leonard Peltier, a member of the American Indian Movement who was convicted of murder in connection with the shooting deaths of two FBI special agents on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in 1975 and whose two life sentences have been the subject of much debate. Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves was the first presentation of the artist’s statue of Peltier after its contested removal from American University’s campus in early 2017.

Items Description: 
"For decades, most American Indians have lived in cities, not on reservations or in rural areas. Still scholars, policymakers, and popular culture often regard Indians first as reservation peoples, living apart from non-Natives Americans. In this book, Nicolas Rosenthal reorients our understanding of the epxerience of American Indians by tracing their migration to cities, exploring the formation of urban Indian communities, and delving into the shifting relationships between reservations and the urban areas from the early twentieth century to the present". -Reimagining Indian Country: Native American Migration & Identity in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles / MD 1/13/2019

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