Our Existence is Our Resistance is a collection of acrylic paintings by Dr. Eric Tippeconnic, an enrolled member of the Comanche nation and Assistant Professor in American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos.
“We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory and homelands of the Luiseño/Payómkawichum people. It is also important to acknowledge that this land remains the shared space among the Kuupangaxwichem/Cupeño and Kumeyaay and Ipai peoples." For more information please visit the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center website.
This exhibit is a tribute to the indefatigable cultural fortitude of southern California’s Native peoples. The first peoples of this land have endured multiple settler colonial endeavors since the eighteenth century to eradicate their existence, from virtual enslavement during the Spanish Mission system to state sponsored genocide following California statehood and US federal policies of Relocation and Termination. Eric's original acrylic on canvas pieces portraying Bird Singers and Bird Dancers are cultural conduits who link the origins of the first peoples of this land to contemporary descendants whose continued cultural transmission through song and dance is evidence that their existence is resistance.
Our Existence is our Resistance can be viewed on the Library’s website and in person at the Library’s 3rd floor exhibit space through Summer 2022.
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