False Traditions, False Idols (1of3)
American Indian artist, Charlene Teeters shines a light on the
stereotypical images of American Indians used in mainstream America.
Using "the media of popular culture" as her medium, she works with
installation art. She bombards her audience with commercialized images
and names used to portray American Indians, such as "Redskins,"
"Braves" and juxtaposes them against photographs of friends and family
who she considers "real" American Indians. Teeters hopes to bring "a
voice to the silence" and "visibility to invisible" people. She uses
art as a forum to raise the level of debate about stereotyping and
racism in modern America.
Originally broadcast on New Mexico PBS station KNME.