Thomas Breeze Marcus

History on Repeat

Acrylic, aerosol, & ink on canvas, 15"h x 30"w, Item No. 16739,

“History on Repeat”

The militarization of the Tohono O’odham Nation is rarely talked about in mainstream media. The people deal with daily checkpoints and harassment, which causes unimaginable amounts of stress and trauma to the indigenous people of southern Arizona. From a first-hand account, a young O’odham teenager recently expressed how they feel like cattle being rounded up in their own homeland, and constantly under watch as if they are guilty of something by simply existing. This piece draws on the similarities of when Indian reservations were first implemented back in the 1800s, and also point out the current day separation and caging of migrant families, similar to the holocaust of the 1940s.