1. A brand new performance piece called REDSKIN is launching as part of a big art installation during the annual Washington DC event Art All Night: Nuit Blanche. This piece is about performing and enduring the many different negative ways Indigenous people are treated, something I will do for 8 long hours! This is timely given the mascot issue in Washington DC, hence the name. 

    But I need your help! I am trying to raise funds to cover the entire event which includes supplies, and equipment to bring the building to a place where it’s usable. Please consider donating to this important piece. Check out the Indiegogo page, video and all the info therein with the link below. The Huffington Post also did a nice write up, so check that out to and please help me make this happen! Please share the hell out of this! 

    Indiegogo funding pagehttps://www.indiegogo.com/projects/redskin-indigenous-art-and-identity/x/822706

    Huffington Post Articlehttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/28/gregg-deal-redskin_n_5711845.html

     

  2. killthemansavetheindian:

    "Turning a human being into a thing is almost always the first step in justifying violence against that person … it’s always the same process. The person is dehumanized a violence then becomes inevitable." - Dr. Jean Kilbourne

    The rawness often associated with being an Indigenous person having…

     

  3. Big shout to Creative Mornings on this one!

    Contributor Daniel Wolfe shares his experience and a recap of performance artist Gregg Deal’s powerful talk on heritage and family at CreativeMornings/DC.

     
  4. Gave a talk last month about art, activism, identity, The Last American Indian On Earth, humor and mascots. Check it! 

     
     
  5. I went to Portland. 

     
  6. At the Cherry Blossom Festival standing in the middle of Constitution Ave. during the parade.

     
  7. A shot from The GoPro of Saturday visit to the Washington DC Cherry Blossoms.

     
  8. Picture with the baton twirler for Morgantown WV Mohican. #mascot #notyourmascot #wow

     
  9. #changethename #changethemascot #notyourmascot

    In between performances, I paint. This is a mural I design and produced this weekend in the heart of Washington DC. The dialog happening around the mascot issue is ongoing, and often times repetitive and exhausting. The thing I love about art is the commentary mixes it up nicely by offering perspective not seen in the mass media rhetoric concerning the issue. You can’t buy us off. You can’t tell us we don’t matter, no matter how nicely you dress it up. You can’t dismiss the history of our people and the way America has considered us, treated us, and continues to dismisses us. Your efforts to eradicate Indigenous people has failed, and we will forever be a thorn in the side of those unwilling to yield to Indigenous people’s place in the world and on this continent. There are bigger issues in Indian Country, but few issues illustrate so publicly the inept relationship America has with Indian Country. If it’s such a small issue, then change it. If you want to truly honor us, honor us by changing the name, and taking Indigenous mascots out of the mix. Commodify yourselves, your own history, your own culture. Respect Indigenous people, Indigenous culture, Indigenous language, Indigenous traditions, Indigenous identity and Indigenous opinion. #changethename we are #notyourmascot.

    (photo by Dakota Fine)

     
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  11. Taken last year at Media Rise’s pitch night event. I was presenting this concept in it’s infancy. (photo by Dakota Fine)

     
  12. Surreal to see my ugly mug in print! Not a cover story (it was suppose to be), but still so humbling to have it there. My performance art is in the Washington Post! Woot, woot!

     

  13. Washington Post Article

    For the last several months I have known this article wold be coming out of the Washington Post. The process of doing a piece like this is pretty significant. Months of spending time with the reporter who is watching, observing, asking questions, putting a recorder in my face to get quotes and explanations to what I’m doing, and how it makes me feel. The complexity of the performance art piece you see here, The Last American Indian On Earth, is difficult to explain, and Kris Coronado captured it nicely. The online version of this went up today, and you can check it out on the link below. The print version will be included in the Sunday Edition of the Washington Post Magazine, which is part of the monstrous Washington Post Sunday paper.

    If you are visiting for the first time as a result of this article in the WaPo, you can see the working movie trailer below, and see my visual art and other projects on my artist site greggdeal.com.

    ‘Last American Indian’ finds challenges in performance art

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/last-american-indian-finds-challenges-in-performance-art/2014/02/13/08b88100-82ba-11e3-8099-9181471f7aaf_story.html

     
  14. First Trailer for my performance art piece The Last American Indian On Earth. All this in honor of the Washington Post article coming out this weekend concerning this piece, and the bits of activism I’ve been working on. Check it!!

     
     
  15. Pestering the photographer I’ve been working with on this project Dakota Fine, I managed to get him to send me a few images that I’ve not seen yet. I’ll post them over the next few days, but this one is my favorite in the 4 he sent. I love this image because it illustrates the isolation that is sometimes associated with doing this piece, even in a public place. Meanwhile, New Yorkers can’t be bothered with any of it. LOL! Fantastic! (Photo by Dakota Fine)