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Reservation State
Reservation State
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A Reservation State, single channel video, 2005 by Kate Walker
Arizona is sometimes called ‘reservation state’ because it contains a greater number of Native American reservations than any other North American state. In the 1974 Navajo-Hopi Land Partition Act, the Navajo and Hopi reservations were divided to give mining companies access to coal resources on sacred land. This coal is converted to electricity to provide power to Southwest states. Still today 70% of homes on the Navajo reservation do not have electricity. With reference to the history of artist as performer in video art, as well as using drawing as thought process, the artist symbolically reenacts key historic events.