Friday, August 12, 2022

Ive Been Invited To Illustrate On 1700-1800's Maps For Raven Makes Gallery


By Ramon Shiloh

I have been invited to contribute three colored pencil illustrated stories on archival atlas maps ranging from the 17-1800s by Chris Morin of Raven Makes Gallery located in Sister’s Oregon (three hours southeast of Portland). 

 

The gallery represents over thirty Indigenous Artists with impressive growth trajectories over the next year.  Chris is embarking on numerous scaled projects representing Native creators from around the world.  This initiative is titled “The Homelands Collection” which focuses on illustrated stories on antique atlas, regional, and territorial maps and was a revelation that came by accident.  According to his website:

 

“On occasion during the past 30 years, some artists have used a few antique maps rather than ledger paper, with these works occurring in the spirit of contemporary ledger art. However, a show or exhibition featuring antique maps as the singular medium has not occurred.

Last year’s pandemic caused many of us to come to a halt. As the crisis unfolded, there wasn’t much we could do except restrict our activities. Hunkered down, opportunities for more thorough reflection occurred. For the owners of Raven Makes Gallery, a number of those moments concerned contemplating the suddenly unforeseeable future of Native American art.

In early May 2020, while surfing the Internet as our gallery stood closed by order of the Governor, we happened upon a fascinating 1860’s map of the Upper Great Plains that identified several tribes. The thought occurred, “Wouldn’t it be great if a ledger artist could make a work on this?” With more time to reflect, the notion wasn’t pushed aside as it might normally have been.”

 

As a result, Chris has developed a profound collection of unique world maps, giving living Indigenous Artists a placeholder and platform to be seen and heard.  Chris Morin and his wife, LaRita Chapman have lived in Chinle, Arizona and Alaska since 2016 and have developed lasting relationships with many Indigenous Artists, their families, and communities of people.  Their appreciation of First Nations Peoples’ awareness and deep cultural connections are represented with respect through Raven Makes Gallery.  The space is intended to provide opportunities, support for Artists, as well as cultural, spiritual, and natural expressions.  

 

Throughout history many white gallery owners have used Native art for monetary gains, theft of intellectual property, and instant identity gratification.  This has contributed toxic business practices and robbed tribal and intertribal connections from retaining money or acknowledgement to their respected creations for many generations. Chris and LaRita’s practices are not in line with these traditions, and they hold respect in many Native circles.  Their purpose is to engage visitors and clients in exploring the outstanding beauty and integrity of Native American art forms to appropriately and respectfully patron the creators.

 

I have been invited to work on two Oregon maps (18”x 22”/ 3 ½ x 5 ½) and one of the United States (11” x 18”).  I will be representing Native American perspectives and spiritual belief systems that are our “way of life”.  As a representative of my mother’s work and a continuation of our culture I will be creating pieces that reflect authenticity and authority in Native activism.

 

The paper strength of each map is very weak and translucent. No room for error if multiple mistakes are made. This is a project I need to be thorough in my storytelling delivery as well as technique.  Wish me luck! Deadline is December 31st

To know more about Raven Makes Gallery and to see their extensive collection. Go to their Website







Thursday, August 11, 2022

ABOUT RAMON SHILOH




 

Ramon Shiloh is an award-winning author, illustrator, activist for Native youth, and multicultural Chef of Black, Filipino, Creek, and Cherokee descent.


Born in Palo Alto California in the middle of the Occupation of Alcatraz 1970 he grew accompanying his mother, June Legrand ‘Sukuybtet’, as she built friendships with luminaries such as: John Trudell, Floyd (Red Crow) Westerman, comedian Charlie Hill, medicine man Leonard Crow Dog, and Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller.  As a Native radio broadcaster, storyteller, educator, and social activist, his mother surrounded him with Native perspectives and spiritual belief systems.  Her gifts of guidance and education provided a foundation of connection.  After his mother’s passing in 1992, Shiloh picked up her mantle and dedicated himself to engagement in Native communities where he remains devoted to this day; “this is simply our way of life”.

 

Shiloh has continued to spend his lifetime forging alliances with Native communities throughout the urban environments of Northern and Central California, Albuquerque New Mexico, and the Pacific Northwest.  He has volunteered at educationally focused non-profit organizations for over 3 decades as a writer, artist, and instructor in order to create insights, applied knowledge, and distributable tools relative to the mediums of Art, Food Sovereignty, Writing, and Spoken Word. 

 

He successfully and effortlessly engages with youth in a powerful learning exchange where they focus on developing proposals and implementing deliverables, to achieve learning objectives and goals.  Shiloh states, “I want to help them identify the process, structure, and technique of storytelling in their everyday lives. Children have had a difficult run expressing truthfully their fears, accomplishments, or dreams in a socially-awkward-networked world. I want to guide them in trusting their instincts and holding ownership of their actions.”  

 

Utilizing this philosophy, he contributes perspectives that help expand youth’s knowledge and their over-arching relationship to self.  He has a way of tapping through the minds of non-Native and Native learners with a series of interactive and experiential learning exercises all can feel mutually proud of.  Through differing approaches, he skillfully encourages imagination initiatives that envelop students and community participants alike.  Shiloh’s capacity to relate to diverse audiences, while maintaining and enhancing his cultural integrity, demonstrates his words in action and completes the lessons for the youths in which he invests.

 

Another foundational accomplishment was borne when Shiloh partnered as an illustrator with author and storyteller Gerald Hausman to produce the award-winning Wisdom Tales book The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood; a mythical story based in America before humans existed on earth, with animal characters and a great flood that ends with the creation of First Man and First Woman in a very surprising way. The book has won three Midwest Book Awards (Gold Medal in the category “Illustration: Graphic,” and Silver Medals in the categories “Children’s Picture Books” and “Total Book Design”) and won the 2013 ForeWord Review “Book of the Year” Bronze Medal Award in the category “Picture Books, Early Reader.”

Shiloh’s other notable works, sacred experiences, and accomplishments also include:

Å       Distinguished performances as a featured Storyteller at the New Mexico State Fair as well as Science, Cultural, Research, Ecological, and Heritage Museums throughout the United States. 

Å       Telling and creation of Native American Stories through my multimedia experience “Star Story Sessions.”

Å       Creator of the extraordinary book “Guidance Through an Illustrative Alphabet.”

Å       Collaboration work with Riverhead llc.

Å       Illustrator of the heartfelt book “The Corn Whisperer” written by Sue Houser.

Å       Educator and leader of food sovereignty discussions throughout Native and non-native communities of people.

Å       Mentor of Native playwrights in Pacific Northwest and Southern California.

Å       High honor of working with Civil Rights Pioneer Rosa Parks in 2000.  As well as receiving a Certificate of Appreciation as a facilitator for efforts mentoring youth regarding the history of the Underground Railroad with a presentation titled “Pathways to Freedom 2000: A Trail of Tears.” 

Å       In Comedy, Shiloh became the third person in the history of the Hollywood Improv in Los Angeles to host a merging of comedy and art on the walls titled, “The Art of Comedy Collection.” The project was sponsored by IMPROV founder, Budd Friedman, and Shiloh was interviewed by Dave Navarro on Spread Entertainment, hosted by ManiaTV.com, to celebrate the historic event. 

Å       Securing his voice as the Arts & Cultural Editor for a multicultural magazine titled “ColorsNW” in 2008.  Through education and exposure “ColorsNW” fostered pride and mutual respect among people of all cultures and ethnicities.  Acting as Northwest's Premier Diversity Resource its mission is to “illuminate issues relevant to communities of color through high-quality, enlightening, and thought-provoking content.”

Å       Creator of a one-man show - produced, written, directed and performed – titled “THE ALPHABET MONOLOGUES.”  Performed throughout Seattle, WA at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, ANNEX Theater, and Black Box Theater located at Chehalem Cultural Center in Oregon.  The show’s concept was to rediscover the alphabet in a deeper quest for knowledge.  Navigating life-lessons, current issues, environmental concerns, racial tensions, and global risks while weaving a wonderful set-list of musical improvisation, spoken word, and visual art through the opportunity of twenty-six letters.

Å       Hosting a Chef’s Table at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of The American Indian in Washington DC. He used his knowledge of food, art, and culture to help Native youth develop a love for cooking that connects them both to good health and their histories in our ever-changing world.

Å       Produced and directed planetarium shows for the De Anza College Fujitsu Planetarium in Cupertino California, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center at Balboa Park in San Diego, and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland, Oregon.

Å       Arts programs related to minority issues. For example, his contributions to Native youth projects include serving as a mentor for the “Young Native Voices Theater Education Project” in Los Angeles, Red Eagle Soaring (Native Youth Theater), Clear Sky Native Youth Council, and Eastside Native American Education Program in Seattle Washington.

Å       Documenter of Seattle’s creative histories of musicians, book authors, visual artists, and humorists.  Interviewing American soul singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer DWELE, from Detroit Michigan, after his performance at the Triple Door in Seattle Washington. After the interview, and article release, Shiloh served as Dwele’s RT Music Group and KOCH records management company’s official journalist and traveled abroad to South Korea and Japan documenting his performances for the troops, Sponsored by Armed Forces Entertainment, and the Department of Defense in 2009.

The collective influence of these experiences with incredible mentors, communities, perspectives, initiatives, and stories has shaped Shiloh’s worldview.  They continually teach him how to better bridge the urban-native gap from social commentary to the realized actions of contribution of productive thought, perspectives and Storytelling, art for our souls, food on our plates, and so much more.  Shiloh’s goal is to honor his life’s path, as well as the legacy of June’s work, and continue building better partnerships of understanding our Native way. 

 

“I reflect knowledge and observations of Native life

With respect and dignity to All”

 

Ramon Shiloh

 


Friday, August 5, 2022

I'm Guest Speaker For An Important Documentary



I'm thrilled to be invited to participate as "Guest Speaker" for this important online event happening today, Friday August 5th 2022.  

 

Meaningful Movies Project is a Non-Profit organization who helps communities organize and educate through forums.  They empower public discussions with every documentary film highlighted in order to build awareness and critically analyze local, domestic, and international social justice issues. 

 

In this conversation, Meaningful Movies Project teamed with high school students to experience the online screening of "INHABITANTS: An Indigenous Perspective".  The film "follows five Native American communities as they transform the fight against climate change with traditional land management practices. Such methods had allowed these populations to successfully live in the American climate before colonization disrupted their way of life. Now, many indigenous communities in the United States are reviving their ancient relationships with the land. The stories showcase movements across the country, such as sustaining traditions of Hopi dryland farming in Arizona, restoring buffalo in Montana’s Blackfeet reservation, maintaining forestry on the Menominee reservation in Wisconsin, reviving native food forest in Hawaii, and using the Karuk tribe of California’s prescribed fire techniques. The urgency of the climate crisis has led to many turning to the past and relying on practices by North America’s original inhabitants."

 

I was not part of this documentary.  Due to my extensive involvement in the space of food sovereignty, sustainable agriculture, and Native activism I was asked to contribute and speak to the environmental and cultural concerns presented in this film. Very proud to partner with Meaningful Movies Project in the fight for education and advocacy in order to keep breathing life into our ancestral knowledge and applying the salve of Native perspective to the modern world.  


WHEN: FRIDAY AUGUST 5TH 2022 
6:30 PM, Friday, August 5, 2022 (PST)










Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Time Capsule In Cassette Tapes

Two hundred pounds of tapes. Thousands of interviews, conversations, Pow Wow and political highlights my mother documented between 1982-1992*

At a time when Native voices didn’t have a platform, my mother (Chairperson of the South Bay Quincentennial Indigenous Council and Radio Producer at KKUP 91.5 FM in Cupertino California), brought native voices to the radio waves and made sure they were heard. 

She caught the attention of every native voice you can think of.

After my mother’s death in 1992, i always knew they would see the light of day. 

Today, through digital streaming and social media platforms, my responsibility is to find a home for these tapes. 

Interviews include, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Wilma Mankiller, Leonard Crow Dog,  John Trudell, Floyd Westerman, Charlie Hill, Dennis Banks, and so many indigenous luminaries to (proudly) have in my life. 

I’m proud to present these voices in a good way when I convert them from analog, to digital. 

This is an emotional time to reflect, and share these moments with everyone. Stay tuned.




Sunday, July 3, 2022

New Project with NESIKA WILAMUT


It’s an honor to announce, I teamed with a Portland Oregon organization called Nesika Wilamut.  
The goal is to weave visual narratives that impacts health concerns, and restorative efforts to our waterways within, and throughout the Willamette River. The title of this initiative is called: "Within Our Reach”

WHO WE ARE

Nesika Wilamut Indigenous Advisory Council:

Nesika Wilamut, which means “Our Willamette'' in the Chinuk Wawa trade language, seeks to bring together restoration professionals, tribes, community members, scientists, public agencies, landowners, funders, and more to collaborate on Willamette River restoration and community connection to the River. 

The board of Nesika Wilamut envisions a network that centers the voices of Indigenous people, and as such has secured funding through Seeding Justice's Since Time Immemorial grant to create an Indigenous advisory council that will provide leadership and guidance to the network that Nesika Wilamut endeavors to bring together.

“We are an evolving, community-driven network that weaves together people and communities who care about human and ecological well-being in the Willamette River Basin. Join us!”


For more information about Nesika Wilamut go to Nesika Wilamut

Ramon Shiloh’s “Within Our Reach” Artwork Milestones (Deadline: July 2022)

©Ramon Shiloh/Nesika Wilamut 2022

Medium: Watercolor Underpainting Colors & Digital Finish



Monday, May 30, 2022

“Unceded Kinship: Land, Place and People”. An Exhibition At The University Of Oregon June 1st-Sept. 9th







My (3) Art Prints and more will be on display at the University Of Oregon Knight Library, Circulation Lobby June 1st-September 9th 2022

🌿Thank you @melaninmvskoke for inviting me to this important engagement🌿


OVERVIEW
“Unceded Kinship: Land, Place and People seeks to honor the past, present, and future of Native and Afro descendent peoples by restoring and reviving our relationship to one another and to the natural world. Through holding and regarding kinship, solidarity, and community as sacred. By refusing the narratives of erasure, dehumanization, and subjugation. Finally, by envisioning a future rooted in Black Liberation and Indigenous Sovereignty! 

In partnership with UO Common Reading, Amber Starks (aka Melanin Mvskoke), University and Community stakeholders, and the University of Oregon Libraries, the Unceded Kinship art exhibition showcases Afro descendent and Native artists with connections to Oregon and their respective communities.  Unceded Kinship is a celebration of these artists contributions to the movements of Black Liberation and Indigenous Sovereignty and explores the ongoing conversations within and across Afro descendent and Native communities around decentering white supremacy and settler colonialism.  The exhibition personifies ways in which Native and Afro descendant peoples have built community and invested in kinship. 

The exhibition asserts that both movements are compatible technologies of resistance and futurity, and is a reminder that Native and Afro descendent peoples have always been the authors and architects of their liberation.  Ultimately, Unceded Kinship: Land, Place and People affirms the future for both peoples outside of oppression and subjugation, a future envisioned and built for them, by them!”




 

Tea Brings Time To A Crawl

 








I rarely illustrate morbid work. 
I will not explain this drawing. 
The way I see it. It’s self explanatory. 
The problem in this country: 
Too many people are killing. 
Too many people are talking. 
Too many people are manipulating. 
Too many people are hurting. 
And nobody’s listening. 

This tragedy will be in history books. 
This will NEVER be forgotten. 
Government officials are trying to cancel truth in history. 
Not Today. 
Not Ever. 

Titled: “Tea Brings Time To A Crawl”
Medium: Premier Prismacolor Pencils, Copic Markers, LYRA Graphite, Copic Multiliner(sp), on I264 FABRIANO Toned Paper, post production with Adobe Photoshop/Typeset, Font Placement and cup shadow

©Ramon Shiloh/2022