This IS Kalapuyan Land: Artist Spotlight

Angelica Trimble Yanu (Oglala Lakota Sioux)

The Sun Bathed Everything

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Monotype print, BFK Rives paper. 


“I am intrigued by the spiritual and unseen processes of cultural presence and resistance in and beyond our collective perception of space and time.”

– Angelica Trimble Yanu

Meet the Artist:

Angelica Trimble Yanu was born and and raised in Oakland, California and is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota nation from Pine Ridge Reservation. Angelica has received a BFA in General Fine Arts and was presented with two awards in Writing and Studio Arts in 2019. Angelica primarily works in Monotype and Silkscreen Printmaking.

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What inspired this work?

The words “Wanitka ca lecama yelo” (I will live, and that is why I do this.) Oglala Lakota tribal member Delphine Red Shirt described a vision of Wounded Knee: “The sun bathed everything with a yellowish light. It is said that the spirits, the wanagi love the color red, but also they love yellow, the color of the sun. Perhaps in my vision I had seen the spirits that live there at Wounded Knee. There in that place where they said a medicine man named Zitkala Zi, Yellow Bird, had blown his eagle bone whistle, with their faces turned toward the sun. They look up, singing, “Wanitka ca lecama yelo.”