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Hang Around the Fort Injun by George Blake

George Blake (Hupa-Yurok, b. 1944)

HANG AROUND THE FORT INJUN 1993
redwood 46" x 39" x 16"

"In return for their services of informing on and controlling the reservation Indians, these hang around the forters received special treatment, lands and other commodities from the government.
 This piece is dedicated to these "hang around the fort Indians" whose honorable contributions to the United States government enforced the policy to Boss Indians Around (BIA). This piece is carved from wood from the ancient redwood tree and the tie clasp is a forged nail that was picked up, in 1973, when a new BIA superintendent in Hoopa burned down the officer's quarters because the building was a constant reminder that the BIA complex was a military fort.
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