Originally posted as “New Art and Music Introductions” at Alisha’s Blog on 9-2-2013.
USA War History Lesson
Since spring 2012, I have been subconsciously immersed in the idea of reviving the spirit of Chief Joseph, and using a pop art style to share that spirit. If you’ll remember, Chief Joseph is the Nez Perce leader that watched his people be forcibly removed from their ancestral lands in Oregon. By 1877, the US government had murdered a lot of Nez Perce, and had also contributed to their great suffering over a very harsh winter without even basic provisions. And then, when almost everyone in Chief “Young” Joseph’s community was dead, he formally surrendered to United States of America General Nelson Appleton Miles on October 5, 1877, in what is now Montana. At that moment Chief Joseph is said to have spoken:
“I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed; Looking Glass is dead, Too-hul-hul-sote is dead. The old men are all dead. It is the young men who say yes or no. He who led on the young men is dead. It is cold, and we have no blankets; the little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them, have run away to the hills, and have no blankets, no food. No one knows where they are—perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children, and see how many of them I can find. Maybe I shall find them among the dead. Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.”
New Art Introductions
Watercolor & India Ink No. 1 (not shown)
Both of my new watercolors are in honor of Chief Joseph’s harsh lesson of tyrannical war. The first piece, “Game Over: Chief Joseph Bee Pacman” (not shown) was inspired by a colored-markers sketch that I had made in spring 2012, while living in Oakland, CA. This piece is adorned with calligraphy, and reads: “Hear me! I am tired. I will fight no more Forever.” In addition to my liking of the Pac-Man franchise, I also am tickled at the idea of “my Pacman” telling the Ghosts that he will not be fighting them anymore.
Watercolor & India Ink No. 2 (shown)
The second piece, “Progress is Chief Joseph Bee Pacman”, is my attempt at creating a little Nez Perce Bee honoring Chief Joseph. For this piece, I intentionally mixed colors that are traditionally used by the Nez Perce (Ex: red, light blue, gold, black, white). This piece is not quite finished, and needs some lettering, which will read: “Chief Joseph Bee Pacman: he is tired and he will fight no more forever”.
This second piece will soon be available for sale at the forthcoming “Alisha Bee Presents” retail fundraising shop at OpenSky.com. At the new online fundraising retail shop, I will offer this print as a art high-definition postcard, to raise funds for my work with Pollinator Support Movement. Chief Joseph Bee Pacman for Peace and Bees!