Family Portrait: Now We Are the Ancestors of Those Who Are Yet Unborn

Family Portrait: Now We Are the Ancestors of Those Who Are Yet Unborn

Rooseveltown, New York: Akwesasne Notes, [1973]. Item #5301

Offset. 17 1/2 in x 22 1/2 in. Small chip missing from top right corner, not obstructing image or text. Else very good.

An excellently printed poster, reproducing a photograph from the early 1920s on the occasion of Treaty Day for the Saskatchewan Indians. Akwesasne Notes, started in 1968, was a newspaper produced by the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation, which sits on the border of New York State and Canada. Credited as being the largest native newspaper in the world, Akwesasne Notes had a wide distribution and included a great deal of reportage on the American Indian Movement and broader struggles of Indigenous peoples in North America. This Family Portrait was one of a series of fundraising posters produced by the newspaper in the early 1970s.

A visually striking document of the long battle for Indigenous sovereignty in the Americas, and its coalescence with the publishing movements of Other American Cultures in the 60s and 70s.

Two copies on OCLC as of September 2020; we were able to locate another two not found on OCLC.

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