Melissa Melero painting
Red King Ghidorah,
Melissa and Marlon Melero

Blood of the Sun:
Artists Respond to
the Poetry of
Suzan Shown Harjo

Ahalenia Studios
1422 Second St., Santa Fe, NM
Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 22, 2011

Suzan Shown HarjoVisual artists will create works inspired by the powerful poetry of Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne-Muscogee Creek).

Suzan Harjo has been an activist and policy maker in Indian Country for decades. She has helped restore over one million acres of land to tribal control and has helped passed key legislation such as the 1978 American Indian Religous Freedom Act and the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. She will be honored by IAIA with an honorary doctorate degree this May.

Harjo will be present at the opening reception on Friday, May 13, from 6-9 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

For the closing reception, Sunday, May 22nd, 2-4 pm, DeCoy Gallerina (Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache) will create an installation and a performance piece.

Photo of Suzan Shown Harjo by Lucy Fowler Williams

A tentative artist list includes:

Marcus Amerman
Choctaw • link

David Bradley
White Earth Ojibwe • link
poem: "Sacred Ground"

Kelly Church
Grand Traverse Odawa-Ojibwe • link

Anita Fields
Osage Nation • link
poem: "Follow Me to the Mountainside"

DeCoy Gallerina
Chiricahua Apache • link

John Hagen
Aleut-Iñupiaq • link
poem: "Enemy Art"

Edgar Heap of Birds
Cheyenne-Arapaho • link
poem: "Morning Star Children"

Bob Haozous
Chiricahua Apache • link

April Holder
Sac and Fox-Tonkawa-Wichita
poem: "Regrets Only—1492-2002"

Kenneth Johnson
Muscogee-Seminole • link

Linda Lomahaftewa
Hopi-Choctaw • link
poem: "Snake Doctors (Tvpvsvnvlke,
Medicine Beings, Dragonflies)"

Marlon Melero
poem: "Snake Doctors (Tvpvsvnvlke,
Medicine Beings, Dragonflies)"

Melissa Melero
Fallon Paiute-Modoc • link
poem: "Snake Doctors (Tvpvsvnvlke,
Medicine Beings, Dragonflies)"

America Meredith
Cherokee Nation • link
poem: "For the Innocent Trees Born at Brush Creek"

Diego Romero
Cochiti Pueblo • link

Mateo Romero
Cochiti Pueblo • link
poem: "Child of Time"

Hoka Skenadore
Oneida-La Jolla Luiseño-Oglala Lakota • link
poem: "Name of the Game"

John Torres-Nez
Navajo • link
poem: "Sacred Ground"

Brandon Williams
poem: "In the Garden of the Great Collector"

Richard Ray Whitman
Yuchi-Muscogee Creek • link