Chris Pappan

The Fire Within

Mixed media on Evanston Municipal Ledger, Image: 18"h x 24"w, framed: 23"h x 29"w, Item No. 17063,

In this story the teller is relating how he had to endure forced removal and assimilation into an alien culture.  Despite a concerted effort to destroy him and his people, he continued on.  With the help of what he was taught he then can pass on that knowledge to his descendants so that we can persevere.  We’re not perfect, nor were they, but we can learn from our mistakes to transfer that knowledge and create a better future.  We hold on to what works for us and work to make it better.  A lesson in decolonization perhaps?

-Chris Pappan