WA, Chamoru, Pasifika
Guahu si Gillian Dueñas and I tell my stories through visual art. By painting, weaving, carving, and jewelry making, I explore my identity as a mixed-race Indigenous Pacific Islander woman born and raised in the diaspora. My art is an act of reclamation, decolonization, and healing. I take inspiration from traditional motifs, legends, and jewelry and reimagine them in a modern context. Overall, I use my art to amplify my stories as well as the stories of my community.
Chamoru, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian / Kanaka Maoli, Hmong, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Lao, Malaysian, Marshallese, Palauan, Taiwanese, Thai, Tongan, Vietnamese
Spokane United We Stand is a community-based organization comprised of volunteers from the descendants of Chinese & Japanese families who arrived in Spokane starting the 1850's, along with Spokane’s Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders residents, COFA, immigrants & refugees. Representing: China, Japan, Vietnam, Hmong, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Korea, Taiwan, India, Pakistan, Micronesia, Guam, Marshallese, Palau, Tonga, Hawaii, and more.
Our mission is to use the arts to share about our history, traditions, culture, and our experience in America.