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Tyler Hill

Smoke threads over a
Haudenosaunee sunrise,
two lacrosse sticks crack.

I chose this poem because there werenít many that talked about Native Americans. As I am an Onondaga, of the snipe clan and I currently reside on the reservation with my family. When this assignment was given to us we had the Iroquois Nationals here finishing up. Originally I had three main sketches for this particular poster, the one I settled on was the old styled Great Lakes Lacrosse Sticks and an art deco themed design with a sunrise and hills which resembled traditional Iroquois bead work patterns. I donít know where my work is going to take me. But my home and Syracuse have been a great place of inspiration for me.

Bubbling fountains
Ripples glide across water
Light dances on each

Living on the Onondaga Nation, I am quite familiar with the Central New York area and its history. When constructing my piece, I try to mix old with new, and drawing on the haiku for inspiration. I wanted to incorporate Haudenosaunee dancers with a local Syracuse fountain. Originally, it was a draw between the Franklin Square fountain and the Columbus fountain.


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