Travel Channel Only in America – Part 1


LEAVING HIS NATIVE
WISCONSIN BEHIND TO TRY HIS LUCK
AT A NEW YORK ART FESTIVAL. WILL HE MAKE THE GRADE
INTO A MUSEUM’S PERMANENT
COLLECTION ? AND, CHEER ON
FOOTLL’S #1 FAN. FROM MINNESOTA TO ATLANTA HE’S RALLYING
THE VIKING TROOPS AND ONE NON-BELIEVER FOR THE FIRST
BIG GAME OF THE SEASON, BEGINNING NOW
ON AMERICAN JOURNEY. Captioning made possible by
THE TRAVEL CHANNEL MY NAME
IS WAGADAT LEHUNI WHICH MEANS
“HE TEACHES HIMSELF” IN THE ONEIDA LANGUAGE. MY ENGLISH NAME
IS S S HILL. I’M AN ONEIDA ARTIST. ART FESTIVAL IN NEW YORK GOS IN HOWES CAVERN,
THE IROQUOIS MUSEUM. BECAUSE I’M PART OF
THE IROQUOIS CONFEDERACY I WANT TO TAKE
MY ARTWORK THERE,
SHOW IT THERE, POSSIBLY SELL THE MUSEUM
A PIECE OR M M DONATE A PIEC
JUST TO HAVE A PIECE OF ARTWORK IN THERE. I’M A MEMBER
OF THE BEAR CLAN. AND I ALSO USE A BEAR PAW
AS MY SIGNATURE. THE REASON
I MAINLY DO MY DRAWINGS IS I WANTED
TO PUT MY IDENTITY OUT THERE AS AN ONEIDA PERSON, Y’KNOW. AT THIS POPONOWW MY SPI, A A OF MY PAINTINGS
HAVE SPIRITS IN THEM– IN THE WOODS,
IN THE PERSON ITSELF. LIKE EAGLES AND BEARS
AND DEER, THINGS LIKE THAT. WE’RE NOT TRADITIONALLY
FROM WISCONSIN, WE’RE FROM THE ONEIDA NATION,
IROQUOIS CONFEFECY IN NEW YORK, ORIGINALLY. WE MOVED HERE IN 1822
AFTER THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR WHICH WE FOUGHT IN. WE BECAME HOMELESS AND WE MOVED,
WE FOLLOWED A PRIEST OUT HERE. HE SAID WISCONSIN
WAS A LOT LIKE NEW YORK, SO WE ENDED UP COMING HERE
AND SETTLING IN GREEN BAY. JUST A TIME OF UNITY
THAT’S GONNA HAPPEN AGAIN. TRADITIONAL PEOPLE
IN NEW YORK TALK ABOUT THAT. AND THEY BELIEVE
IT’S GONNA HAPPEN SOON. AND I BELIEVE THAT TOO. AND I WANT
TO SEE IT HAPPEN. THE MAIN REASON
I WANT TO GO THERE IS FOR OTHER IROQUOIS PEOPLE
TO SEE MY ARTWORK AND TO KNOW THAT THERE’S
AN IROQUOIS IN WISCONSIN STRUGGLING TO, Y’KNOW,
LIVE OFF HIS ARTWORK, Y’KNOW, JUST LIKE THEY ARE. WAS TONYA ANSWERING
THE PHONES TODAY ? I HAVE BOTH MY PARENTS,
THEY’RE STILL ALIVE. THEY’RE VERY SUPPORTIVE
OF WHAT I’M DOING AS AN ARTIST. I’M READY TO LEAVE. WE’RE GETTING READY
TO LEAVE FOR NEW YORK. JUST SAYIN’ MY GOOD-BYES. CATCH YOU LATER. OKAY. HAVE A GOOD TRIP NOW. AND I GOT NINE BROTHERS
AND SISTERS. THEY GOT ALL A GIFT OF TALENT
OF BEING ARTISTS TOO. BUT I’M THE ONLY ONE
DOING IT AS A CAREER AND FOLLOWING MY HEART. DRIVE CAREFUL NOW. I WILL. WHEN I OPEN MY GALLERY
I WANT THEM ALL TO BRING THEIR ARTWORK
TO MY GALLERY SO I CAN
SELL IT FOR THEM AND HELP THEM
AND THEIR FAMILIES. SEE YOU, GUYS. BYE. BYE ! KO-NI-WA. I HAVE A DAUGHTER
NAMED DESIREE SWEET-GRASS AND SHE’S A BEAUTIFUL GIRL. I LOVE HER TO DEATH,
I’LL DO ANYTHING FOR HER. SHE WANTS
TO BE A LOT OF THINGS. SHE WANTS TO BE AN ARTIST
A NURSE, A BEAUTICIAN. I SAID YOU CAN DO
ALL THESE THINGS. YOU CAN BE ALL OF ‘EM
IN YOUR LIFE, Y’KNOW. AND I’VE BEEN TEACHING HER
TO DRAW, HOW TO PUT PERSPECTIVES
ON EVERYTHING. AND SHE’S CATCHIN’ ON
LIKE A NATURAL. BEFORE I GO ON A JOURNEY
I GO TO THE FIELD OR NEAR A TREE AND PRAY
FOR A SAFE JOURNEY, Y’KNOW, NOT FOR JUST MYSELF
BUT FOR ALL PEOPLE WHO ARE TRAVELING
ON THE HIGHWAYS THAT DAY. I PUT TOBACCO DOWN
AS A GIFT FOR THE CREATOR
TO HEAR MY PRAYERS. AND THEN THE EAGLES COME
AND THEY PICK UP OUR PRAYERS AND TAKE IT TO THE CREATOR BECAUSE THEY CAN FLY
THE HIGHEST. WILLY. READY TO GO ? READY TO GO
TO NEW YORK ? ALRIGHT. LET’S GO
TO THE HOMELANDS. YEAH, LET’S DO IT. I’M HERE
WITH MY FRIEND JOHN. HE’S FROM ONEIDA ALSO. ( John )
SCOTT’S A GREAT GUY, UM. I JUST RECENTLY MET HIM
PROBABLY ABOUTUTR YEARARO, UM, AFTER COMING BACK
FROM SCHOOL AND STARTING TO HANG OUT
WITH A LOT OF MY TRIBAL
MEMBER FRIENDS. AND, ME AND HIM JUST
HIT IT OFF PRETTY WELL AND WE’RE
REALLY GOOD FRIENDS NOW. THIS IS S A BE
A GREAT TRIP. UMI’I’EVERERT
TO THE HOMELANDS BEFORE. I’VE HEARD ALL ABOUT IT. AFTER BEING IN WISCONSIN
OCCUPYING JUST A LITTLE
RESERVATIO I’M KIND OF ANXIOUS
TO SEE WHERE WE REALLY
USED TO LIVE. FOR OUR COMMUNITIES
TO REUNITE AND MOVE BACK
TO NEW YORK STATE HAS DEFININI
BEEN IN EVERYONE’S MINDS. AND THAT’S WHAT THIS TRIP
IS ALL ABOUT TOO, IS UNIFICATION
AND REVITALIZING OUR CULTURE AND OUR COMMUNITY, OUR LANGUAGE
AND EVERYTHING. THERE’S CHICAGO
RIGHT UP THERE, MAN. I THINK THAT’S WHERE
OPRAH LIVES. OPRAH WHO ? ANYWAY, THAT’S
THTH SEARARWER, OF COURSE. THAT WAS THEHELEST
BUILDING IN THE WORLD, BUT IT NO LONGER IS. THAT’LL DO US. WE’RE JUST IN TIME
FOR THE TRAFFIC JAM HOUR. IT WAS A GOOD TRIP SO FAR. WE’VE LOST THE
INSTRUMENTATION ON OUR VAN. WE DON’T KNOW
WHAT THAT IS. WE BETTER STOP
AND CHECK OUR FUSES, MAN. YEAH, ACCORDING
TO THE INSTRUMENTS WE’RE NOT SUPPED
TO B BVING. I REMEMBER COMING DOWN HER
WITH MY PARENTS. I WAS JUST A LITTLE KID AND CHICAGO SEEMED LIKE,
JUST UNFATHOMABLE. IT STILL KIND OF IS,
I CAN’T BELIEVE HOW HUGE IT IS. HELP M MTCH OUT
FOR SIGNS, MAN. OKAY. ‘CAUSE O OINGS
ARE GONNNNING G ERE. . WE WANNA GO THROUGG
GARY, INDIANA, 90, 90 EAST… AS FAST AS POSSIBLE. WELL, WE’RE ABOUT 10 HOURS
FROM NEW YORK STATE BORDER. SO, THEN WE’LL BE
IN IROQUOIS COUNTRY AGAIN. YOU U L
EN YOU GUPHERE, MAN. IT’S COOL,
YOU’LL LIKE IT. WHEN I WAS LITTLE, Y’KNOW,
I WANTED TO TRAVEL, I WANTED TO SEE THE COUNTRY,
Y’KNOW, THE UNITED STATES. SO I WANTED TO BE A TRUCK DRIVER
IN ORDER TO DO THAT. BUT AS AN ARTIST EVERYRY
TUEDED GOOD, Y’KNOW, THE WAY I DREAMED ABOUT IT I GET TO DO
WHAT I LOVE TO DO, Y’KNOW, IS TO CRCR ARTWORK. ANA. D SO I I BE TRAVELING OVERA TO HAVE EXHIBITS
IN ART SHOWS. A LOT TIMES WHEN
I’M DOING G ORK OR SCURES NTG, LEA MY DYDY IRITLLY AND GO PLACES
THAT I’VE NEVER SESEEFORE. BUT LATEININE, I MIGIG GOGO . BROKE DOWN
ININHIGAN CITY. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
THE MIDDLE OF THE GHT. JUST MY LUCK, MAN. THE PROBLEM THEN ? ALTERNATOR
QUIT CHARGIN’. THE ALTERNATOR ? YES. LONG I
GONNA A TX HAVE TO TAKE IT
BACK TO OUR SHOP. WE DON’T HAVE ONE WITH US. GET ONE IN THE MORNING. OKAY. WELL,
AIN’T TOO BAD THEN. THAT’S NOT TOO BAD. YOU NEED A HAND,
LET ME KNOW. YOU WANNHOLDLD
FAN BELT THERE ? AT HOME I’M A MOM.=A8A8Aú■úh AT WORK, I’M A PART OF
THE TECHNOOLGY GRORO AT INTERNATIONAL PAPER. ONE OF OUR CUSTOMERS IS
A BIKE COMPANY… WHO CAME TO US BECAU
THEIR BIKES WERE SO WE INVENTED A NEW
TYPE OF BOX THAT HELPS KEEP THEIR BIKES PROTECTED. THE BIKE I ORDERED FOR
KRISTEN ARRIVED WITHOUT A SCRARA PERFECAND…. THANKS, MOM. PUDDLES! HOW CAN WE HELP WITH
YOUR SHIPPING NEEDS? SO WREREGONNA GET
THE CACAO PAPA
FOR THAT, MAN ? ALTERNATOR $300 BUCKS. YEAH, I KNOW,
THIDICIC MAN. N’T BEBEE THAT I INK THEY MIGHT HE
TOOK US A LITTLE BIT THERE. WAS IN
SAN FRANCISCO ’83. FOFORI BREAKAK E WE DROVE THIS LITTLE SUBARU. IT WOULDN. WE ENDED UP
BURNING THE CLUTCH OUT. I LIKED IT THERE. THAT’S ANOTHER PLA I WAS , SAN FRANCISCO
AROUND PALO ALTO. THAT WAS COOL COUNTRY,
I LIKED IT THERE. PERFECT DAY. YEAH. IN’ BES S
SHE WAS LIKE, SIX YEAROLD. REALLY ? YEAH. THEN THEY’D GO INTO TOWN
AND SELL IT. THAT’S HOW
THEY MADE THEIR MONEY. TOMATOES OR CUCUMBERS
OR WHATEVER THEY PLANTED. YEAH, THAT MUST’VE BEEN
REALLY NICE. WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY
ISIS FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, OUR FREEDOM OF CHOICE AND OUR FREEDOM OF BEING
WHO WE WANT TO BE AND TO CONTINUE THAT
ANAN TEACH OUR CHILDREN TOE PROUD
OF WHEREREY’REREM. WHAT BOTHERS ME
ABOUT AMERICA IS THE STRUGGLE THE NATIVE
PEOPLE ARE STILL HAVING– FIGHTING FOR OUR RIGHTS,
KEEPING R LAND, KNOW, TO BE A HUMAN BEING D’ AND JUST DNG T RIGHTHINGSWI. NEED TO EDUCATE AMERICACAABE AND WHAT WE’RE REALLY ABOUT,
Y’KNOW, AND WHERE WE COME FROM,
AND WHERE WE’RE GOING. WHEN I TRAVEL THROUGH
THIS COUNTRY, THE E ED STATES, AND I KNKNOST PEOPLE
THINK OUTHE STATE BORDERS AND WHAT CITYYTHE NAM. BUT WHEN I GO THROUGH H E
COCOIEAND THESE BORDERS AUAUTICALLTHINK K
WHO O RE 5 5 A A WHO WAS OCCUPYING THIS LAND
HE TIME, WHO’S BURIED HERE,
WHOSE ANCESTORS ARE HEHE Y’KNOW, THAT’S THEIR LAND. AND I ALWAYS GET
A LOT OF GREAT IDEAS FROM JUST BEING HERE. Y’KNOW, BEING G LAND
D TOHING THE EARTH. SO I JUST WRITE
A LOT OF ‘EM DOWN
OR DRAW ‘EM REAL QUICK. AND THEN I JUST TAKE ‘EM HOME
AND START DRAWING ‘EM AND SEE E
COMES OUT OF THAT. BER THOSE FEELINGS
E. WHEN I’M’MNG THROU
THE LANDNDE, WHAT I’M THINKING ABOUT IS, HOW COULD WE LEAVE
SUCH A BEAUTIFUL LAND ? HOW CAN OUR PEOPLE
LEAVE OUR HOMELANDS AND GO TO ANOTHER STATE
TO LIVE ? THAT’S WHAT I THINK ABOUT,
IS HOWOWH WE LOST. AND WHAT WE GOT LEFT
WE’RE STRUGGLING TO HANG ON TO. TTORNEY-TO-BE, AS A STUDY HEARING SO MANY
OF THE STORIES ANREADING E CASE DECISIONS
IN THE SUPREME COURT,

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