Train of Ink: Print Exchange Portfolio

Train of Ink metaphorically retraces the history of 72 American Indian men forcibly taken from Oklahoma, transported by train to Florida, and held captive from 1875 ­to 1878. The United States war department imprisoned Cheyenne, Kiowa, Comanche, Arapaho, and Caddo leaders under Lieutenant Richard Henry Pratt.

It was at Fort Marion, Florida that Pratt developed his forced assimilation and re-education methods that were institutionalized in off-reservation boarding schools. The most central example is the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, where Pratt coined the phrase “Kill the Indian, save the man.”

 

We asked each artist to respond to the historical journey of the Fort Marion prisoners through the creation of artwork inspired by prisoner biographies; ledger drawings made at Fort Marion from 1975-78; the topography of the changing landscape of the train route from Oklahoma to Florida; or the legacy of Carlisle boarding school.

 

By engaging these historical events, the artists offer an indigenous perspective of our shared history. The folio is a contemporary response to a historical experience held intact within American Indian communities through oral history and artwork.

Train of Ink Participating Artists

Faisal Abdu’Allah
Lynne Allen
Neal Ambrose-Smith
Emily Arthur
Jamison Banks
Jessie Barnes
Marwin Begaye
Annie Bissett
Georgia Deal
Ruthann Godollei
Jon Goebel

John Hitchcock
Mary Hood
Michelle Martin
Meg Mitchell
Alex Peña

Jenny Schmid
Sarah Sense
Hoka Skenandore
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
Tanja Softić
Ericka Walker

Faisal Abdu'Allah
The Shearing

Screen print
11 x 30 inches

faisalabduallah.com

Lynne Allen

11 x 30 inches

lynneallen.com

Neal Ambrose-Smith

Silenced

Acrylic lithograph

11 x 30 inches

indianspacepainters.com

Emily Arthur

11 x 30 inches

Jamison Banks

Watermark

11 x 30 inches

chasbanks.blogspot.com

Jessie Barnes

11 x 30 inches

jessiebarnesart.com

Marwin Begaye
Traumatic Journey

11 x 30 inches

facebook.com/marwinbegayeartist

Annie Bissett
Your Land

11 x 30 inches

anniebissett.com

Georgia Deal
A Thousand Miles

11 x 30 inches

Ruthann Godollei
KILL THE ENVIRONMENT/STEAL THEIR STUFF

11 x 30 inches

macalester.edu/academics/art/ruthanngodollei/ra.html

Jon Goebel
Reflect
Drypoint and aquatint with chine collé on archival digital
2017

11 x 30 inches

jongoebel.com

John Hitchcock
Horse House

Screen print

11 x 30 inches

hybridpress.net

Mary Hood
Go West, Paradise Is There (2017)

Laser engraved woodcut with collage on Chinese mulberry paper, folded and double-sided

11 x 60 inches

hoodmary.com

Michelle Martin
Terminus
Photopolymer etching
2017

11 x 30 inches

michellemartinprintmaker.com

Meg Mitchell
 

11 x 30 inches

megmitchell.com

Alex Peña
Uncertain Journey

11 x 30 inches

alexjpena.com

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
Trade Canoe for the North Pole
Lithograph

11 x 30 inches

jaunequick-to-seesmith.com

Jenny Schmid
RETURN OF THE WHITE BUFFALO
11 x 30 inches

jennyschmid.com

Sarah Sense
Does Water Remember Our Ancestors?
11 x 30 inches

sarahsense.com

Hoka Skenandore
IRON HORSE KILLER
10 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches

Tanya Softić
At Night My Spirit
11 x 30 inches

tanjasoftic.com

Ericka Walker
... AND SAVE THE MAN
11 x 30 inches

erickawalker.com