This IS Kalapuyan Land:

Angelica Trimble Yanu (Oglala Lakota Sioux)

Angelica Trimble Yanu (Oglala Lakota Sioux) creates monotype prints of sacred landscapes that reference cultural presence across layers of time.



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


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.”

Want to know more about Trimble Yanu’s process and family history?

View Angelica Trimble Yanu’s museum social media takeover on Instagram or as a pdf, where she explains the influences behind her work and shares videos and pictures of her work both in Portland and on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

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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