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Rohini Walker

Rohini Walker

Rohini Walker is a British-Indian writer living in the Mojave Desert. She's the co-founder of the Arts & Literary print journal, Luna Arcana, and also works one-on-one with people, exploring the intersection between inner-decolonization and indigeneity through the lenses of myth and alchemy.

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Christopher Myers' "The Art of Taming Horses" is installed at Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs for Desert X 2021.
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Artbound

Six Sculptures Pay Homage to Forgotten Cowboys of Color

Christopher Myers' "The Art of Taming Horses" sculptures subvert the accepted narrative of monuments to tell the story of two fictional ranchers of color.
Nicholas Galanin's "Never Forget" installation consists of the words "Indian" and "Land" writ large like the Hollywood sign.
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Artbound

Hollywood Sign-Like Artwork Asks Difficult Land Rights Questions

With its enormous letters in the Hollywood sign typeface, "INDIAN LAND" references the roots of this country's colonial genocide and racism and reveal the rawness of a wound that has yet to heal.
Kim Stringfellow's Jackrabbit Homestead created for Desert X 2021 is a 122-square-foot cabin
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Artbound

What a 122-Square-Foot Cabin Says About Life in the Modern World

Kim Stringfellow's Desert X installation is an endemic artwork disguised as a micro home that speaks to a slower, more sustainable lifestyle in the modern world.
A triangular maze made out of Mexican petate created by Eduardo Sarabia is part of the Desert X 2021 exhibition.
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Artbound

A Maze in the Desert Depicts the Risky, Uncertain Reality for Immigrants

Eduardo Sarabia's "The Passenger" speaks to the journey of the modern immigrant to the U.S. as one of fragility and resilience.
Zahrah Alghamdi's installation "What Lies Behind the Walls" for Desert X 2021 stands in Desert Hot Springs.
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Artbound

Artist's Wall in the Desert is All About Connections

Saudi Arabian artist Zarah Alghamdi’s Desert X 2021 installation begs the question of what lies beyond walls, both material and immaterial.
 Xaviera Simmons' billboard art installation, "Because You Know Ultimately We Will Band a Militia," for Desert X 2021 stands along the Gene Autry Trail. Four billboards stand in a line. The one closest to the foreground reads, "You are entering the reparations framework." A car drives down the road that runs along the billboards.
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Artbound

Palm Springs Billboards Prompt Heavy Road Trip Conversations

Created by artist Xaviera Simmons, the billboards along Gene Autry Trail in Palm Spring focus on messages that urgently need to make its way into the nation’s political, social and ecological dialog.
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Tending Nature

Decolonizing the Way We Eat: How Did We Get Here and How Do We Re-Indigenize Our Relationship to Food?

Being in living relationship with our food is a practiced awareness and a crucial cultural foundation of indigeneity, the loss of which has been a disastrous legacy of colonialism.
Aerial view of bends in the Amazon River in Peru. | DeAgostini/Getty Images
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Tending Nature

Tending the Peruvian Amazon: Planting Seeds of Reciprocity Between Human and Earth

Based in the Peruvian Amazon, Chaikuni Institute blends an Indigenous agricultural practice known as chacras integrales with agroforestry, a permaculture method from Brazil.
The Potawot Community Garden, housed at United Indian Health Services’s facility in Arcata, California, incorporates elements of permaculture seamlessly into the center's holistic approach to healing the Earth and body. | Still from "Tending Nature"
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Tending Nature

The Indigenous Science of Permaculture

Permaculture is a recent offspring of indigenous science. A dismissal of this as such is a telltale sign and symptom of the colonizer and its unnatural selections.
Syuxtun Collective inspecting plants at the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden.
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Tending Nature

The Syuxtun Collective: Restoring Reciprocity with Health & Nature

We have forgotten how to be medicine to the land, and to ourselves. The members of Syuxtun Collective are revisiting lost indigenous wisdom of learning and listening, of harvesting and preparing plant medicine in participation with nature.
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