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Exhibit by Lúkwaiya Lira: Ichnaatash wa

Friday, December 11, 2020 at 8:00am to 7:00pm

Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Adell McMillan Gallery
1395 University Street, Eugene, OR 97403

Artist Biography:

Ay xɨtway,
Ink Nash waníksha Lúkwaiya ku shuyapuɨmtki Mitchell Lira. Tiinmamí tiichám. Wash nash mɨłɨłá. Wash nash skuliła íchna x̱wíimitx̱aw skuulitpamápa úlikanpa ku pikchaashiłá.

Hello Friends,
My Indigenous name is Lúkwaiya and that is how I preferred to be addressed. Until you learn the pronunciation of that, my English given name is Mitchell Lira. I am a Tribal Member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and a Student at the University of Oregon. lastly, I am a photographer and this land is Indigenous land, remember that.

Artist Statement: 

Being an indigenous person means seeing media that is supposed to tell my story but rarely, if ever represented me or my community. That’s what has driven my desire to tell stories about Indigenous communities from an Indigenous perspective. There is a lack of Indigenous storytellers, that’s not because we are not here and interested, it is about who is controlling the narrative. The journalism industry has been exploitive, disrespectful, dishonest, and uninformed when trying to tell the stories of Indigenous peoples. Journalists have often sought to exploit or sensationalize our community’s stories rather than reveal the intense and vast beauty that lies within. I want to tell stories that humanize people and their existence, stories that tell the whole, rich picture of the lives lived in community. This series of photos come from my time in the Middle East and at the Warm Springs Early Childhood Education Center’s graduation; these photos are examples of the ways I want to tell people’s stories. We are here - Ichnaatash wa.