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

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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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