In 2007 the Indigenous Law and Policy Center asked Zoey Wood-Salomon to do two paintings for us, one to use for the Indigenous Law and Policy Center generally and another for our 4th annual Indigenous Law Conference. Ever since then, we’ve used original Native art for our programs and posters. Visit Turtle Talk to see art through the years.
I Will Show You The Stars
Emily “Latayat” Courtney (Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs) is the Arts Business and Marketing Specialist for the Warm Springs Community Action Team and Tananáwit: A Community of Warm Springs Artists, both of which are Native-led nonprofits and First Nations’ Native Arts Initiative grantees. She is also a self-taught artist who began creating art in 2017. Emily specializes in acrylic paint and created “I Will Show You The Stars” as part of her mother-daughter collection. The piece is featured in 2020 conference material.
Emily’s mother-daughter paintings are a reflection of the cherished relationships she holds with her own mother and daughter. Emily doesn’t recall a day when her mother wasn’t working long hours for the tribe to help support her family and reach her own career goals. Emily treasures the memories of her mother raising her alongside five siblings in a house where strong work ethic, love, and an open door were highly valued. Emily remembers her mother seeking advice from her grandmother about ways to keep her children busy and out of trouble. Emily’s grandmother responded, “Make ’em go dance Pow Wow, make them practice dancing!” And that’s what her mother did. Emily’s mother is her rock, an inspiration in raising her own daughter, Anna Queen Courtney. It is important to Emily that her paintings honor the essential role a mother plays in raising children.