Cannupa Hanska Luger
A Blade of Grass Fellow for Socially Engaged Art
Cannupa Hanska Luger is a New Mexico-based multidisciplinary artist who grew up on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota and identifies with several Native American nations. His work combines his apprenticeship in traditional craft techniques, together with contemporary art methodologies, and political action, to create alternatives to the narrow, stereotypical, and inaccurate portrayals of indigeneity and Native American art. Luger’s proposed project, Settlement, coincides with the anniversary of the 1620 voyage of the Mayflower. Luger and 27 other indigenous artists from North America and the Pacific plan to stage a creative occupation in Plymouth, England, hosting exhibitions, performances, and installations designed to deepen the dialogue about intersectional Indigenous identities and put into practice decolonization. Settlement will commence with a day of programming produced by members of the Wampanoag nation.