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Anishinaabekwe Water Warrior Autumn Peltier included in American street art series – Anishinabek News

by ahnationtalk on October 17, 201962 Views

TECATE DIVIDE, SAN DIEGO COUNTY – A young, American artist has paid homage to the Water Warrior following the late September excitement of Anishinabek Nation Chief Water Commissioner Autumn Peltier, 15-year-old Anishinaabekwe and internationally-recognized clean water advocate addressing the United Nations at the 2019 Global Landscapes Forum in New York and taking part in one of the many Global Climate Strikes.

Stefan Ways, a resident in the Tecate Divide, San Diego County, transplanted from Baltimore, Maryland, felt inspired to add a portrait of Peltier to his street art series, Overconsumption is Killing Us, a project that has been under development over the past year and a half.

“The reason I chose Autumn is for the fact that we have trampled over Indigenous land and culture and just continued to suck resources out of the small places we have forced Indigenous people to be in and she’s a child and children are going to inherit the earth that we have and are currently living and creating. Right now we have this sort of throwaway culture of just use it once, don’t worry about who created it or where it’s going once we’re done with it,” explained Ways. “I’ve been wanting to represent children and Indigenous cultures somehow with my projects but I kept putting it off because I wasn’t really sure when the right time to address it was. But now’s the time – when children have a voice now more than ever and have an audience and people listening…She was chosen for both of those reasons – as a child and to represent the Indigenous people that we forget about in our Western-consumer culture.”

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