this painting is currently on display as part of a group show at the Southern Vermont Arts Center until October 14th.
Princess Daazhraii Johnson is Gwich'in from Arctic Village, Alaska, and has been a long-time advocate of protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil development.
The layers of land, people and caribou shows the interconnectedness & tells the story of the symbiotic relationship between them.
this is a quote from Princess, who works for the Gwich'in steering committee as she describes the importance of preserving the ANWR:
"I am Neets’aii Gwich’in from Alaska, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is our ancestral land. Our communities still rely heavily on the Porcupine caribou herd for sustenance, as well as our culture and spiritual wellbeing. Our elders have taught us that our connection is sacred. Long ago, they predicted these changes in weather, and that one day we would need to return to simpler ways of living and being. They told us we would not be able to survive if we do not protect the birthing grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd from oil development. They told us that we need to do this not just for Gwich’in, but for all of humanity. Protection of the refuge is a human rights issue."
Protect the Sacred. No Drilling in the Arctic.
please visit the Gwich'in Steering Committee for ways you can get involved to help protec the wild
20% of the sale of this work will go directly to their campaign for legal fees
Acrylic on archival paper