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Kua`aina’s DRIP Youth Poster Campaign 2013:

Our Heritage . Our Cultures . Our Future . Our Responsibility

Kua`aina, in partnership with the United Coalition to Protect Panhe, created a poster to raise awareness among Indigenous youth about the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). For this project the theme was, "What does the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples mean to you and your Nation?"  A call for emerging indigenous artists was done and the result was the collaboration of four artists.

About the DRIP Youth Poster Image:

•The circular eagle feathers with the four directions symbol, represents the human race.

•The Pelican has great cultural significance to many coastal California Indians and was chosen by the artists because the Pelican is rarely used in Indian art.

•The stylized hands symbolize the care of "Our Heritage, Our Cultures, Our Future, and Our Responsibility" which are in our hands.

•The tattoo designs represent the diversity of indigenous peoples from a global community that has made California their home. 

•The water designs are there to remind us that “water” is vital to all “living things” and without it we cannot survive.

•The other images in the poster are representative to the indigenous California Indians.


Poster Artists: Anthony Sull (Rumsen Ohlone), Joey Montoya (Mayan/Lipan Apache), Jose Gonzales - lead artist (Chicano). Graphic Artists: Jeremy Arviso (Navajo) Project Staff: Carolyn Kuali`i, Project Director (Hawaiian/Apache) and Rico Miranda, Project Manager (Rumsen Ohlone).

The DRIP Youth Poster Campaign was made possible with the support of the Christensen Fund and the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, Inc. 

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A team of four cut paper artists will engage in an artistic process inspired by cultural and historical phenomenon. Each artist comes from a different ethnic background; national origin and aesthetic style thus bring to the project diversity of beliefs and practices that is the dynamic foundation for this artistic collaboration. The artists will engage in an installation experiment to explore their disparate cultural histories charting separate and intertwined chronologies through the context of universal and the sacred, and forging science an magic from multiple directions. Their individual practices entail the use of hidden meanings within images and symbols, which will be an interesting point of departure. The artists are fascinated by the ephemeral quality of paper and how it is much like the fleeting experience of human memories/stories and of life itself. The framework of this artistic collaboration will allow for the intersection of historical identity and create a model for transmutation of past episodes and its affect on the present and how we might approach or look at the future.

Cut paper is the medium that brings these four artists together, and while each artist has developed their own personalized techniques to obtain their unique styles and aesthetics, the fundamental materials are the same. Meditative in nature, the cutting of paper is a slow, deliberate, and often solitary practice that leads itself to a magical quality. In order to create with cut paper, the artist must first destroy, an alchemical process, speaking to the divine dichotomy of creation and destruction.


This year long fellowship supported by the partnership between the deYoung Museum, Kua`aina Associates Inc., and the Galeria de la Raza. The Artist Fellows program is made possible with funding from the James Irvine Foundation's Innovation Fund and the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program. 

deYoung Museum Artist Fellows: Four Paper Cut Artists

Adrienne Heloise, Ian Kuali`i, Mayumi Hamanaka & Kai Margarida-Ramirez

Kua`aina’s DRIP Youth Poster Campaign 2013: 
Our Heritage . Our Cultures . Our Future . Our Responsibility 

deYoung Museum Artist Fellows: Four Paper Cut Artists

Kua`aina’s DRIP Youth Poster Campaign 2013:

Our Heritage . Our Cultures . Our Future . Our Responsibility


deYoung Museum Artist Fellows: Four Paper Cut Artists