Episode #127: Gregg Deal: The Last American Indian on Earth
This week we welcome back Art Activist, Gregg Deal, to The JellyVision Show. Gregg is a Native American Indian and member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. We first met Gregg back on JVS Episode #92 when he was about to embark on his very personal performance art project, The Last American Indian On Earth. Since then, A LOT has happened to Gregg, including several TV appearances, speaking engagements and press coverage by Indian County Today, The Huffington Post and The Washington Post. Gregg is also active in the Art Activist Group, Honor The Treaties, an organization that makes certain the voices of Indigenous communities are heard through through art and advocacy.
Gregg Deal has created a powerful means to give Native people a fresh voice through his art and social media. His visual and performance art makes us question our understanding, treatment and ongoing misrepresentation of Native Americans. As part of The Last American Indian On Earth Project, Gregg dresses in stereotypical, American Indian clothing and films peoples' reactions to him as he does mundane things like shopping for cereal. Gregg may be serious about his cause, but he has a healthy sense of humor and his gift for political satire drives home his message loud and clear. Sometimes he stands in front of DC Landmarks with cardboard signs that say things like "My Spirit Animal is White Guilt" or "Noble Savage". The purpose is to engage the public and film their honest reactions and perceptions about American Indians in modern culture. Combining his visionary art, passion for change and social media, we believe our friend Gregg Deal, may have started a revolution. A true JellyVisionary. Follow Gregg on Twitter @Last_Indian and @The_Lame_Sauce