Artist Statement

BY: Jackie Lautaimi

The objects in this shadow box represent me and my point of view and some counter and dominant narratives about me. When people look at me they see a young girl, but I’m much more than that. My name is Jacqueline, I live in Oakland and that is why there is a picture of a tree. Moreover, I am Native American/Tongan so that is the reason why there is a flag for those ethnicities. Natives believe that sage is a healing medicine and not just smoke to get rid of evil spirits and that is why there is some in my box. Beading is a craft that Natives do, so the beaded earrings that are in my box are the earrings that my mom made to represent a Native woman dancing in her jingle dress. In addition, I also added the Oneida flag which is the tribe that I am. The flag has a purple background and white squares with a feather. On the outside of my box, I added a Mexican flag because a lot of people assume that I am Mexican when they first meet me. I also put words like “Indian” and “savage” on the outside of my box because when some people find out that I am Native, they might think those words. Even though some of these objects represent a struggle that I had to deal with, it also shows how I embrace who I am and that is the counter narrative I hope is explained and represented in this box. 


CC BY-SA 4.0 jackie’s shadow box by Jaqueline is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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