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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:42

Signs as art

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art cherokeesignJeff Marley is creating signs for Cherokee and the surrounding area proclaiming in Cherokee and in English, “We are still here.”

These signs are a part of a larger project that Marley hopes will create a new conversation about history and Native people. He has been working as an artist for almost 20 years. His latest work with the signs represents a dramatic shift away from the more traditional painting and drawing he is known for.

“My goal for this project is to reframe how we think about and question our history,” said Marley. “Instead of seeing history as something static and inactive, history is something that is created each day.”

In the Cherokee language, the signs proclaim, “Si otsedoha” and underneath the translation in English, “We are still here.” “It is a statement not only for the Cherokee, but everyone in the community that calls Western North Carolina home,” Marley said. We are still here, keeping our traditions and customs alive. We need to pass this on to future generations so they understand the importance of being aware of our neighbors and working together.” or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




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