The Humble & The Wake Singers

While producing the interview with ceramic artist Cannupa Hanska, (Episode 2, airing March 10th 2014) I couldn't help but feel compelled to include the music of The Wake Singers. The final track of the podcast is by The Wake Singers, titled The Humble  and is a direct reflection of a moment these artists along with artist Cannupa Hanska experienced while attending IAIA in Santa Fe, NM and living collectively in an artists warehouse.

I thought it would be fitting to highlight The Wake Singers because Cannupa Hanska speaks of this time in his interview, but also their music is simply exceptional. If you haven't heard The Wake Singers before, take a minute to listen to this unique and haunting lo-fi folk/rock.

The Wake Singers

The Wake Singers

Doug, Mike and Marty Two Bulls (Oglala Lakota) formed The Wake Singers while attending art school in Santa Fe, NM. The trio are cousins from Red Shirt Table, SD. Located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. They have been known to play live on rare occasions and prefer to record lo-fi rock/folk songs.

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This is a stereotype.

Episode 2 of ABC is an interview with ceramic and mixed media artist Cannupa Hanska. Catch the podcast release March 10th, 2014 for the full story.

One of Cannupa's recent exhibitions was a conceptual body entitled Stereotype: Misconceptions of the Native American. It showed at the MoCNA in Santa Fe, NM August thru December of 2013. At the end of this exhibition Cannupa Hanska proceeded to break the seven ceramic boom-box vessels he had meticulously created, each embodying a stereotype of The Native American. This exhibition was reviewed with a mix of emotions by viewers and ultimately left the audience thinking, feeling and reacting.

Stereotype: The Stefani. Ceramic/Mixed Media. Cannupa Hanska

Stereotype: The Stefani. Ceramic/Mixed Media. Cannupa Hanska

In my opinion evoking participation from the observer, positive or negative, profound or subtle, is the true test to a lasting context within a body of work, even if the work itself is destroyed. This exhibition did just that, and it also continues the much needed dialogue regarding cultural appropriation and stereotyping of indigenous culture.

ARTslant magazine wrote an intriguing review of the exhibition, read it HERE

Indigenous filmmaker Dylan McLaughlin documented Cannupa's Stereotype exhibition and performance in a short film, Breaking the Stereotype. The two artists are currently working on launching a crowd funding initiative this month in order to create a full length film that will further explore this topic. I will post a link to the project when it launches. 


Here is the short film on Stereotype: Misconceptions of the Native American, produced by Dylan's studio, INVISIBLE LABORATORY.