My children cannot speak a word of Indian
Nathaniel Ruleaux, Oglala Lakota, "My children cannot speak a word of Indian.", 2020, Mixed media, acrylic, watercolor, spray paint, gouache on canvas, 30 x 24, $1,000.00
Abstract Award- for the best non-representational work in any media
My work is an expression of my combined anger at our nation, a love of the people and the land, and dreams of what kind of world I want my child to grow up in.
I’m a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation. I often use bison as a symbol of the Lakota spirit, the power of our endangered natural world, and a righteous, powerful force for what America should be. I regularly combine other traditional Native images, like the ones used by my grandfather, Donald D. Ruleaux, with images of current issues facing indigenous peoples and the world today.