The Last American Indian On Earth

A performance art piece put on by a Native American artist meant to raise social questions using pop culture, misconceptions and stereotypes of Native people.
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Gregg Deal
Art
Washington, District of Columbia
United States
1 Team Member

Short Summary

My name is Gregg Deal. I am an artist, a husband, a father and a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. Welcome to what could very easily be the most important work of my artistic career. 

This project is a performance art piece. I will be wearing traditional Native American clothing in various, everyday scenarios interacting with the public which will create interesting, thought-provoking, and even comical situations where the public will be forced to look at me, as a stereotypical Native person, and what I'm doing, and question what they are watching. How will they react if they saw me, a Native dressed in buckskin and a headdress, doing something as mundane as shopping for cereal at the grocery store? How would they react if they saw me eating Chinese food in China Town or taking pictures of buffalo at the National Zoo? How would they react if they saw me waiting in a Metro station or were riding in the same Metro car?

The performances will include a number of things that are simple, mundane, funny, political, over the top, satirical, ironic and even sad. 
 
The initial phase of this project will take place in the Washington D.C. and DC metro area. 

The purpose of this project is to raise questions about Native people, often viewed as a relic, and how they’re perceived in the modern age.

What We Need & What You Get

The funding will help with obtaining the “traditional” outfit I will use, equipment needed for documentation and expenses to go along with it. I will be documenting this entire project through film and photography. This documentation will result in prints for upcoming shows as well a short film about the work and why it's relevant to art and the Native voice associated with it. 

The incentives to contributing funds will get you limited prints of the work, with larger donations receiving more and larger prints*. Another aspect to the 'perks' is being listed in the closing credits of the short documentary that will coincide with this project. This wouldn't happen without you.  

The Impact

I am aware of the subjective nature of art, but feel strongly about this work. This art campaign will force it's audience to engage the legitimacy of what they're seeing, where they stand, how it makes them feel, and what it means for Native people to exist, thrive and perpetuate their own culture in a society that has forced their assimilation. How do you feel about the Washington football team's mascot and why? How do you feel about gross caricatures of Indigenous people? How do you feel about the misconception of Native people, what they do, how they talk, and where they stand in the big scheme of things? These are real issues facing a socially-minded Native person. All of these scenes impact us in questioning our 'indianness', in how we are perceived, and in how we perceive ourselves. This will certainly be an incredible documented social experiment. 

*please note that the amount for the 'perks' will not match the cost of final prints once the project is complete. 

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  • $5USD
    It's all I got

    This donation will get you a listing in the credits and a heart felt thank you in giving what you can. Quite honestly, EVERYTHING helps and I appreciate it nonetheless. I will keep you updated and included on the entire project as well because when you give something, you're part of the inner circle.

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  • $15USD
    It's what I can give

    This donation will get digital/printable 5x7 from the performance and a listing in the credits of the final documentary that coincides with the project.

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  • $25USD
    You Can Do It.

    This donation will get a signed and numbered 5x7" print from the performance and a listing in the credits of the final documentary that coincides with the project.

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  • $50USD
    I Believe In You.

    This donation will get a signed and numbered 8x11" print from the performance and a listing in the credits of the final documentary that coincides with the project.

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  • $75USD
    Money Where My Mouth Is

    This donation will get a signed and numbered 11x17" print from the performance and a listing in the credits of the final documentary that coincides with the project.

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  • $100USD
    You Are An Amazing Artist

    This donation will get a signed and numbered 18x24" print from the performance and a listing in the credits of the final documentary that coincides with the project.

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  • $150USD
    Genius Artist? Probably!

    This donation will get a signed and numbered 24x36" print from the performance and a listing in the credits of the final documentary that coincides with the project.

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  • $250USD
    You're The Bees Knees

    This donation will get a signed and numbered print from the performance of everything: 5x7", 8x11", 11x17", 18x24" and 24x36". This also includes a listing in the credits of the final documentary that coincides with the project.

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  • $250USD
    Paul Mericle Painting on Glass

    Artist and dear friend Paul Mericle has generously donated this 12x36" painting on glass. There is more about Paul and this piece listed on my art blog http://www.greggdeal.tumblr.com You also get a signed & numbered 11x17" print from the performance and a listing in the credits of the final documentary.

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  • $500USD
    Night Terror by Matt A*

    The Night Terror is a custom owl sculpture that is 16" tall with a 24" wingspan. Matt A* has been generous enough to offer this as one of the top incentives for this project because of his belief in me and what I'm doing here. He will custom paint this to fit the overall theme. There is more about Matt and this contribution on my art blog http://greggdeal.tumblr.com/ You also get a signed & numbered 11x17" print from the performance and a listing in the credits of the final documentary.

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