The indigenous people in portraits of Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell the Truth series will be on display at the Belfast Library for the month of September. At this talk Rob will talk about why he chose to paint each individual and then he will be joined by Penobscot attorney and Indigenous rights activist Sherri Mitchell, who is one of his portraits.
About this series of portraits Shetterly says, “The American people have been encouraged to be in denial for hundreds of years about all aspects of the native genocide that happened here and continues to happen — taking of land, stealing and polluting resources, mass extinction, kidnapping children, breaking treaties, and racism. Ironically and fortunately, the native people aren’t gone and now hold the key to survival for all of us including all living species. Native people are a mirror in which we, white people, can see ourselves if we dare. If we dare to look more deeply, we might see the possibility of our own transformation. In that gratitude we may find redemption. It is a curious thing that we have such a hard time choosing life over exploitation.”