TAOKY (tow-key), Doyen of the Rez Spine Watchmen
Watchman Series (2020)
24.5″h x 13″w x 9″d
High Fire Ceramic
For the last two decades, I have been developing a screenplay titled Revolt 1680/2180. It is not just a story of persecution and revolt, but also a story of resilience—one that seems to be more critical than ever in today’s political and cultural climate.
With every exhibition, I release more details of my interpretation surrounding the events and repercussions of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt—the first American Revolution against foreign colonizers. The revolt was an uprising of most of the Indigenous Pueblo people against the Spanish military and religious forces in present-day New Mexico. The Pueblo Revolt remains a significant part of our history, and I have always felt it my duty to educate and share it with the world. It is important to pay respect to the past in order to advance into the future.
Pictured: Taoky, Doyen of the Rez Spine Watchmen, guides the Venutian Soldiers on their journey to seek new land to inhabit. She aids them in rebuilding their ways of tradition and life on sacred ground.
Currently on view at IAIA MoCNA.