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Good Trade: Urban Indigenous Mutual Exchange

Meet Dennis RedMoon Darkeem, 2014 Artist in Residence. Since his work as a professional artist has commenced in the early 2000s, it has evolved into critiquing social and political issues affecting US and indigenous Native American culture. Much of his art has focused on issues like institutionalized racism and classism, jarring stereotypes, and displacement of people of color. Dennis’s project, Good Trade, re-creates the Native American custom of trade in an urban environment; allowing a mutual exchange between participants and creating a form of communication. We amplify the creativity that already exists within communities by using arts and culture to build community networks, solve problems, and enhance our sense of ownership in the places where we live, work, and grow.

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