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Heartbreaking: Native Murals Defaced

Heartbreaking: Native Murals Defaced

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown February 24th, 2015 Last Updated on: October 8th, 2019

As reported by Seattle Times, these beautiful murals created by Andrew Morrison (Apache/Haida) were defaced over the weekend.

Judging from the photograph it looks like the vandal might have used a super-soaker or rigged extinguisher to spray their name on the wall or “drip tag”. I've seen quite a few of these tags on walls here in Chicago and the result to me has always been ugly.

Especially when the picture beneath the tag is honoring some pretty important Natives.

The eight murals — which are visible from blocks away — include 25-foot-tall black, white and gray portraits of Chief Seattle, Sitting Bull and other historic figures from local Native American communities.

The portraits, which are painted on the outside walls of Seattle Public Schools’ Wilson-Pacific School campus — once home to the Indian Heritage Middle College — are among just a few notable examples of local public art honoring Native Americans.

The mural before the vandalism

The mural before the vandalism



Unfortunate that this occurred since Morrison had finally won the fight to save these murals from being torn down. There were plans to tear down the existing building to make way for new ones for the school campus. The district had agreed to save the wall and incorporate it into the new design.

Morrison assured everyone that the murals can and will be restored.

“I’m going to do my best to fix it. … I’m going to do my best to stand tall, help bring this person to justice and restore peace and resolution,” he said.


Update On Murals

From SeattleTimes.com

Here, as a new middle school and elementary school take shape, eight murals once slated for demolition and even defaced by graffiti have come full circle.

Rescued, cleaned, carefully moved and curated, they have been in the last two weeks installed in the exterior walls of the new buildings under construction on the 17-acre campus. The idea is to bring some of the best of the old buildings at the former Wilson-Pacific School to the facades of the new buildings.

HEARTBREAKING- NATIVE MURALS DEFACED



Featured photo: Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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Ruthann Alberts

How disrespectful and rude they should throw there asses in jail and leave them there for defacing public property. They should be shamed didn’t the indians go through enough they have to destroy the things they have to honor their people? I hope it can be restored to its natural beauty……So sorry this happened.

Linda Zumwalt

I am so sad and heart broken to see this still happening to me and ALL my ancestors. May they be caught and punished the way we have been punished all our lives. Why can’t ALL this hatred and racial violence be STOPPED and we live as one!!!! Linda Zumwalt West Frankfort Illinois.

Susan Stephens

Have we not done enough to the Native Americans It is a living shame. People should put their head down in shame. Why !!!! it is also part of our heritage too Grown up world before it is too late.

You would think with all these other people coming here to make their lives they would think not to disrespect the Natives who rightfully belong here! This is our one & only home and were sharing it with you and this is what you give us back?? SMH. People teach your children better THATS all I can say Let history not repeat itself !

Dennis Hill

I am of native American decent. On both my mother and father. I’ve always have been in touch and educated about my history. When I see this outwardly disrespect for our calture and history it just reminds me what these people have done and are still doing till this day. Now if some one were to throw black paint on mt. Rushmore and Christopher Columbus statue what would be the response and action? Sorry for such a long comment but it hurts to see this ugly hateful disrespectful action done to the indigenous people of this land. Again these people who are of low carictor and filled with inatiquicies in there self. Thank you my brothas and sistas for letting me vent. Peace! TANKA!! PS. IN THE SPIRIT OF CRAZY HORSE! A.I.M. We have to stand together as one ! Stand up!

Chris Webber

When one side of the political spectrum gives permission to Antifa (Nazifa?) and their degenerate bretheren to tear down statues of soldiers in the South and desecrate Confederate cemeteries, and then the destruction spreads to memorials honoring those who served and died in WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, then you can’t expect to reserve repect for that which you hold dear. Disrespect is disrespect. The Left brought this out for us to “enjoy.”

JA Norwood

Chris Weber, I hope you realize that Antifa is a group that is anti fascist, which I would hope all of us would be. Sadly, they often use violent means to fight the hate mongers, thus losing support from people who would applaud them if they protested peacefully. By the way, I hope you understand the statues that are being removed were not put in place to honor the South, but rather most were erected during the Jim Crow era as a means of sending a message. As a southerner, I have always found it strange that we try to honor a time when the south essentially committed treason against the United States by declaring war against the Union.
Desecrating cemeteries, anywhere, for soldiers or not , is despicable, as is destruction of murals honoring great Native Americans, especially since America committed genocide against their people.

JA Norwood

Chris Weber, I hope you realize that Antifa is a group that is anti fascist, which I would hope all of us would be. Sadly, they often use violent means to fight the hate mongers, thus losing support from people who would applaud them if they protested peacefully. By the way, I hope you understand the statues that are being removed were not put in place to honor the South, but rather most were erected during the Jim Crow era as a means of sending a message. As a southerner, I have always found it strange that we try to honor a time when the south essentially committed treason against the United States by declaring war against the Union.
Desecrating cemeteries, anywhere, for soldiers or not , is despicable, as is destruction of murals honoring great Native Americans, especially since America committed genocide against their people.

Jon meyer

Those civil war statues are like what the SS officers were to Jews for black people here in the states. You can’t compare those to a mural honoring Native Americans. The history of those civil war statues themselves was racially motivated. They were cheaply made and inserted into communities to send a racist message to the people of color that lived in those towns. Racist Japan lost to the United States, Racist Germany lost to the United States, and the racist confederacy of the South lost to the United States, and thank god they did. Please do your research before making accusations.

D K T

Chris Webber; take your political B.S. and leave, it’s not needed!

Brian

Um, actually, you’re a fascist. Can tell from your “writing”. You’re just butthurt that other people are getting “special days” and you’re no longer individually “special”. You know, for nothing other than winning the genetic lottery that while some inbreeding may be involved, you really didn’t do anything special for your status.

Oh, as an FYI, it’s the statues honoring “heroes” who were traitors against the US, fought to keep slaves, etc. If you want to look to the guy who’s tearing up graves and monuments for actual war heroes, it’s your buddy Trump, to make room for his wall. Google it.

Mike,el Inkimann

mindless vandals with no talent that will attack any work their pathetic ego see fit to deface because it’s their given right to do so. With some shite tag that no one really cares for bar them and some other waste man in their crew it savage that these great pieces of art were destroyed and ive been into graff but works like this get my respect. Even encouraged me to want to do better things with a spraycan.

Mary Ziebarth

And the altright is weeping bitter tears over a cloth Extinction Rebellion logo that was placed on a chalk horse. Their point: animals are dying off.
I would love to find the loser who vandalized the beautiful Native murals…it breaks my heart
I am so ashamed of being white (more beige).

Vicki

Great words

Janet CHACHA Fisher

You would think with all these other people coming here to make their lives they would think not to disrespect the Natives who rightfully belong here! This is our one & only home and were sharing it with you and this is what you give us back?? SMH. People teach your children better THATS all I can say Let history not repeat itself !

Dennis Hill

I am of native American decent. On both my mother and father. I’ve always have been in touch and educated about my history. When I see this outwardly disrespect for our calture and history it just reminds me what these people have done and are still doing till this day. Now if some one were to throw black paint on my. Rushmore and Christopher Columbus statue what would be the response and action? Sorry for such a long comment but it hurts to see this ugly hateful disrespectful action done to the indigenous people of this land. Again these people who are of low carictor and filled with inatiquicies in there self. Thank you my brothas and sistas for letting me vent. Peace! TANKA!! PS. IN THE SPIRIT OF CRAZY HORSE! A.I.M. We have to stand together as one ! Stand up!

donald lawrence

What a horrible mindless thing to do,every day people outdo themselves

John Wilde

I think it is disrespectful and disgusting that nobody respects someone else’s culture and expects to be respected by posting their “names “ over public property, meaning, art work like this is out there for all to see and contemplate. We all have responsibility to talk and interact with one another to be able to respect and live together regardless of so called color and culture , because we are all the same inside.

Robert

Who ever did this there a sad individual there history only teaches them lies so they don’t know differnts between rite and rong the only thing we got do pray for them because all they got is hate maby his scared that the medicine wheel is turn in to our way of life

raezeal

Evil certainly is energy horribly misdirected. I so wish those who desecrated these magnificent murals can be found – made to help restore them and then have to do community service – a LOT – on a reservation.

Vivi checks

What if someone at the school board did it?

La Licuanan

I am sorry this happened to your art. I’m from Los Angeles when Artisits would do a Mural they would seal it with some type of sealer THEN SPRAY some type of wax or compound that could be power washed off taking the spray paint off The. mural thus restoring it. There were /are companies that do this type of thing. Even in Vancouver,BC I think it was called Graffitti removal.

Chris

The person caught should have to erase all the tags & ugly graffiti in that city …. every day 8-10 hours a day ASSHOLES and yes it is really nice art from the artist

Joe Russell

That’s exactly what they should do instead of incarcerating someone. Clean up the city fitting punishment.

Jeffrey Robinson

The person or persons are idiots, worthless, monster s that needs to spend time in jail!! There is no need for such destruction of valuable historical figures getting defaced in such a careless manner! I detest such cowards and their actions, there is no place for them anywhere…

Scott Sands

Given the quality of “americans” I am not surprised. Restore and have some people if possible watch over them -lay in wait- and pounce on em with Great Force and enthusiasm. …

john

Either you are a socialist visiting from a failing country or you’re a democrat, to make that blanket statement about Americans? I am guessing, you are a democrat?

Brian

From your question, I’m guessing you’re one of those guys who supported the “very good people” at the Unite the Right march who ran over some counter protesters, and also want to pass laws allowing you to do the same at any protest? Let me guess, you’re a Republican.

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