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Indigenous Peoples of America Parade
by Lisa DuBois
Published November 2023
Atsila Firebird Graywolf, an outstanding Indigenous woman, envisioned a parade in which the descendants of the ancestors who had tragically perished would march proudly on the very territory where they were killed. This symbolic act would help to heal the wounds of intergenerational suffering.
The Indigenous Peoples of America Parade is overdue. Approximately 90% of the Native population died as a result of invading forces within 150 years of arrival on a territory that they called the new world. It was a new world to the conquerors, but for the Natives it was their world.
Their primary objective, fueled by their belief in white superiority, was to destroy the Indigenous peoples through "physical and cultural genocide."
The lack of awareness regarding this truth can be attributed to its exclusion from history books and people's unwillingness to explore these facts.
In history books, the colonists and Natives are depicted enjoying a harvest feast in the woods, which evolved into the Thanksgiving holiday. Everyone in the images appear to be genuinely happy. These misleading images would deeply permeate into the minds of Americans.
Lisa DuBois is a New York-based ethnographic photojournalist and curator. Her work focuses on subcultures within mainstream society. Her widely collected work on Black subculture in New Orleans is a demonstration of her deep love for history and tradition. She has exhibited her work both internationally and domestically, including at the Schomburg Cultural Center for Research in Black Culture, and at the Gordon Parks Museum in Fort Kansas. She has been interviewed on BronxNet, Nola TV, and Singleshot about her work.
Lisa received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and a degree in Metaphysical Science at the University of Metaphysics. As a freelance photographer, she has contributed to several major news publications and stock photo agencies including Getty, Post, and the Daily News. Lisa has been recognized by The Guardian and the New York Times for her work as a photographer and curator for X Gallery. Her most recent project as creative consultant and curator for ArtontheAve helped to launch the first socially distanced outdoor exhibition along Columbus Avenue in New York City. Lisa is a member of Enfoco and a contributor to Social Documentary Network and Edge of Humanity magazine.