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West Wind World -- Homeland Security -- Fighting Terrorism Since 1492
West Wind World -- Homeland Security -- Fighting Terrorism Since 1492
Digital CollectionStreet Art Graphics
TitleWest Wind World -- Homeland Security -- Fighting Terrorism Since 1492
CreatorMatthew K. Tafoya
ContributorWest Wind World
Time Span2013
Geographic LocationCalifornia, United States
Classgraphic arts
DescriptionGraphic of armed Native American soldiers. It expresses the view that as a culture, Native Americans have been faced with terrorism, in the form of European settlers, since the 15th century. "Matthew K. Tafoya, Navajo, who designed the original homeland security T-shirt and marketed it through his Albuquerque company, Tribal Sovereign Tees, is far more blunt. To Tafoya, Indians who fly American flags are 'brainwashed' and 'not thinking for themselves.' Indians do not join the U.S. Military, Tafoya said, because they are flag-waving patriots. With unemployment on Indian reservations hovering between 60 and 70 percent, Tafoya said, 'the military is the only sure way to get a paycheck'... Tafoya came up with the design and slogan for his homeland security T-shirt a few weeks after terrorists flew jets into the Twin Towers. He recalls thinking, 'That's right. Now they know how it feels.' Tafoya said that the shirt has been extremely popular with Indian veterans of the wars in Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf, who–ironically–show up at his booth at flea markets wearing worn-out, government-issue combat fatigues." -- Common-Place,, vol.5, no.1 October 2004
SubjectIndians of North America; Indians, treatment of -- North America; United States -- ethnic relations; terrorism; weapons; guns; plays on words
Source"Proudly Serving NDN Country Since 2002! Honored to support & uplift our native community with our quality world-famous original collector tribal tees handprinted, created, kept rockin by Skarureh - Apache - Navajo -Tsalagi - Lakota - Caddo - Ute - Paiute - Shoshone - Huron - Inca - Maya - Cahuilla - American in solidarity with the message's vision & good red road, connecting with new & old friends & all our relations!" -- West Winds website -- -- 435-632-7494
NotesCollected at the Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair in 2013. "The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair is an annual event for people interested and engaged in radical work to connect and learn through book and information tables, workshops, panel discussions, skillshares, films and more! We create an inclusive space to introduce new folks to anarchism, foster productive dialogue between various political traditions and anarchists from different milieus, and create an opportunity to dissect our movements' strengths, weaknesses, strategies, and tactics." -- Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair website Contact Us: You can email the Book Fair Committee at Find us on Facebook at:
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