Hidden Treasure Fundraiser
The American Indian Film Institute is the foremost display of Native American media and cultural arts on the west coast. For over 40 years AIFI’s annual film festival has broadened the view of the contemporary Native film industry to a wide audience across all nations, generations and local community. The American Indian Film Festival is the oldest gathering dedicated to Native American cinema. The AIFI’s mission is to “..foster understanding and appreciation of the culture, traditions and issues of contemporary native Americans”.
The American Indian Film Festival is a non-profit organization where donations are an essential part of overall fundraising. Join us in continuing the legacy of Peggy Casey, founder of Bill’s Trading Post, in supporting AIFI and the American Indian Film Festival. A proceed from our sales of rare, vintage American Indian Film Festival posters will be donated to the AIFI. These beautiful relics were created by some of the most prominent Native artists of the 20th century.
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Two Guns Arikara
By T.C. Cannon
A multifaceted artist raised by his Kiowa father and Caddo mother in Oklahoma, he was an accomplished painter, poet and songwriter. His unique style was influenced by artists like Van Gogh and Matisse as well as folk and rock singers. He made more than 80 works including paintings, woodblock prints, music and poems before his untimely end at the age of 31. T.C. Cannon redefined Native art mixing Native culture with western society. "He believed in people's ability to understand his work because pf the shared histories or humanity he revealed." His painting Mama & Papa Have the Going Home Shiprock Blues shows a Navajo man and woman wearing traditional textiles and jewelry while sporting sunglasses. This juxtaposition changed the way American Indians were portrayed. He even wrote a poem to accompany this work...
Mama & Papa Got the Shiprock Blues
Well I've been out there where the v.c. stay
I write home most every day
It don't seem to ease my pain at all
'Cause I long for the sand and the
Sheep manure up to my knees
and in the evening time my greasy
Oh mama, papa's got those blues again
Oh mama, papa's got the Shiprock blues again