You Are on Indigenous Land is a graphic image campaign created by artist and activist Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole) and distributed through many evolving iterations across the country. To create the graphics, Rector utilizes portraits of contemporary Indigenous community members or photographs of local environments, accompanied by text reminding viewers that they are on Indigenous land, with specific tribal territories referenced based on installation location. The graphics are printed and posted across cities, shared via social media, and projected on buildings. With a message at once simple and profound, Rector reminds us that Native peoples are still here, and that all the lands of what is now known as the United States remain culturally, socially, spiritually, ethically Indigenous.
For the University of Puget Sound’s Race and Pedagogy Conference, in partnership with yəhaw̓, Rector has created a temporary site-specific installation of the You Are on Indigenous Land campaign. Posters will be distributed across campus so that conference visitors are repeatedly confronted with the message that they are guests on the ancestral territories of the Puyallup people.
This installation is hosted by yəhaw̓ - an exhibition at Seattle's King Street Station opening in January 2019 that will feature the work of over 200 Indigenous creatives. Leading up to the exhibition, yəhaw̓ will host a mentorship training cohort, satellite shows, residencies, and public programs across 20 partner sites. Curated by Tracy Rector (Seminole/Choctaw), Asia Tail (Cherokee), and Satpreet Kahlon, this project series will celebrate the incredible depth and diversity of Indigenous art made in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more at yehawshow.com, or follow @yehawshow on Instagram and Facebook.