The Apache Skateboard Generation Is Here
Forgive me for I’ve gone tumblr. AWOL. It wasn’t purposely but between social media, art projects, family, shows and traveling , I fell behind. New links , photo amazingness and art coming very soon.
Our Friends Jody Fosters Army came to Phoenix and Tempe AZ. Here is a vinyl EP we designed for AZPX Records back in 2009. These photos are from this past weekend during the annual Cowtown Phx Am
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Killer Whale Warning
Apache Guns On Your Tumblr:
Real art for the people.
Douglas Miles c.
Native Americans And Popular Culture For Better Or Worse :
Native Americans and popular culture have blended for decades. As Native people how we interpret this is now left up to us. One mans cultural honoring is another’s theft. What film media often takes is the best and worst of culture(s), spinning it into a hard to eradicate stereotype vortex. This is where the thin line between love and hate exists. With no new ( or very few) honest portrayals of Native people in media, the new self-stereotype awaits unless we determine who we are by ourselves for ourselves devoid of stale Native archetypes that “keep us in our place”. Native people starved for media attention rarely think twice anymore when stereotypes occur because deep seated institutional racism has bamboozled us into thinking its “honor”. Redface ( non-native performing as native) and stereotype cliche’ performance is now mainstream entertainment and sadly accepted via films like Disney’s The Lone Ranger and the NFL’s Redkskin’s mascot issue. As an artist and social observer I’ve always looked at (the) marginalized and the mainstream. Because I come from and work in marginalized communities, this is how I often “see” things. Subcultures are often tribally codified to teach/maintain structure and order for effective self preservation.
In my own art I discuss subtle and sometimes overt parallels between “tribes” out there and here. I use pop cultural icon images that convey messages about life on the edge and life’s challenges. If Pop culture has borrowed our (Native) image, I’ve done the same in respectful homage not to create new stereotypes but to address raw living structure(s) from within. In my work, utilizing pop imagery isn’t an effort to trend or pander to mainstream sensibilities. It’s about communication in codes we all understand while staking our claim as being present, complex and tribal. So remember : “never take sides against the family again”. I am also a curator. Don’t bite my content here unless you understand what it means to be us and are interested in working with us. It’s our life, not a trending now topic of conversation. .
Apache Art In Rise Collective | Black Panther Party LOVE REVOLUTION art show. 2-21-14 in Los Angeles CA.
Few were as influential as the Black Panthers in a fight for civil rights and quality of life issues for people of color. They along with AIM & The Brown Berets held it down at a time when struggle was everywhere ( and it still is). Infltrated by snitches, agitators by cointelpro tactics the BPP was still effective in its efforts of raising awareness. Native people have had similar struggles and this, my art for inclusion in this show in Los Angeles is tribute to our collective struggles as “peoples” for “power to the people” from the beginning until NOW.
Douglas Miles Artist @dmiles1_apache
Native People, Art, & New Ideas Come Together:
In Active Process, critique and creativity, time allows for everything. I didn’t know Indian Country Today newspaper used my images in their #NotYourMascot article. I’m honored. . As an artist and curator I tire easily of most artistic & visual cliche’ metaphors. I often hope my photographic work helps people take a glimpse into a more powerful & positive reality of Native life here on the res. Not a glamour shot via new anthropology, but our reality with respect to the everyman and woman here on the res. The hardworking single Mother, the kid who skates for fun , not fame. The young lovers holding hands with oppression while looking to a future and the young displaced academic creating ideas to take “home” are all important. . I never liked white lies and manipulation. I’ve seen enough “poverty porn”, “plight of the Red Man” and “Vanishing Race” anthropology / pity images to last a life time. How can Native kids become proud if all they’re ever shown is negative stereotype, thug, savage, artifact, anthropology & mascot images in American mass media? Even the noble red man photos stylings of history give us the sense that this time of Indian Power & Respect is now gone (never to return). . This is false and Indian people are in a constant process of self-discovery, renewal, creativity and self-preservation NOW, whether you see it, understand it, like it, or not. . Of course I do not have all the answers on how to address every issue that faces us all. I do have a mind to share and thank you for sharing yours (& time) with me. For inquiries about publishing the photography of Douglas Miles email email@example.com
Douglas MILES Artist / Photographer http://ift.tt/1c0ngkV ( all photos except group photo of Apache Concepts mural in Durango CO, c. Douglas Miles )
True Decolonization Is A Constant State Of Rebellion Against Systemic Oppression of Tribal People.
Above all, decolonization: in its purest form(s) is an act of true love for the people.
It is NOT a slogan, meme, trend, jingoism or new academic dogma.
REAL revolution starts in the heart and always appeals to the mind in order to serve collective needs of the people. Those seeking publicity, fame or personal gain via public political
& media posturing often only serve themselves and this often creates false leaders.
Welcome to the non-stereotypical, cliche free, all power to the people, real time visionary, non-anthropology driven photography by Douglas Miles for Apaches and Angels. Not to be used without permission of artist.
I AM A MAN NOT A MASCOT