My work has always been about the underdog. It was always about empathy, and the strength of human nature, but also the trials that people face. — artist Lynne Allen
When Waggoner died, a manuscript of her tribal history passed to Allen’s grandmother, who hoped to publish it but met no success. The manuscript eventually ended up in the possession of a cousin in North Dakota, who tossed it in the back of Allen’s car when Allen was visiting. “I have seen pages and pages of this manuscript since I was a teenager,” she said. “This information was always there, but it didn’t appear to me to be my culture because I didn’t grow up on the reservation.” The manuscript was published in 2013 by the University of Nebraska Press as Witness, A Hunkpapha Historian’s Strong-Heart Song of the Lakotas, for which Allen wrote the foreword. “It took four generations of people to actually get this printed,” she said.
Allen, a former master printer at Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, utilizes all manner of printmaking techniques in her work and recent prints included
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