2010.54.3435

Untitled
c. 1995
19.00 in HIGH x 13.00 in WIDE
(48.26 cm HIGH x 33.02 cm WIDE)
All Of Us Or None Archive. Gift of the Rossman Family.
2010.54.3435

Lower right corner has: an allied printing union labe with: "147". Lower right edge of poster has: "Photos by Taro Yamasak, Jim Brandenburg and Karen Jettmar".

Poster has a black background except for a small strip of white at the bottom edge. The top of the poster has the text: "Our Arctic way of life / has endured for 20,000 / years. Must we now die / for 6 months of oil?". Below the left side of the poster has a large black and white close-up photograph of an elderly woman?s face. The right side has the text: "We have learned something / about the Arctic in the / 20,000 years we have lived up here. / One must not disturb the place / where the caribou go to bear / their young, even in hard times. / Or nothing will remain for future / generations. / This is a lesson some Washington / politicians have not yet learned. / Oil development in the Arctic / National Wildlife Refuge, promoted / by Chevron, Arco, and BP, will end / the way of life that has sustained us / for a thousand generations...for six / months of oil. / How will America survive / the next fifty years, let alone the next / thousand years, if our leaders keep / acting like this? / There is a better way and many / people in Congress know it. / It is to preserve the Porcupine / Caribou calving grounds as wilderness / ...and keep oil drillers out. / Contact the real decision makers / now. Help protect the Arctic National / Wildlife Refuge. Help us protect our / children and grandchildren. / Experience tells us such wisdom / will safeguard your children as well. / The Gwich'in People / Help us save / our Arctic way of life.". Below this text are two small black and white photographs one of some caribou and the other of a small child with a patterned headband. The bottom edge of the poster has the text: "This is an appeal from the Gwich'in chiefs and people of Arctic Village, Venetie, Chalkytsik, Fort Yukon, old Crow, / Fort McPherson, Arctic Red River, Aklavik, and other traditional communities in northeast Alaska and northwest Canada. / To learn more, please call (907) 258-6814 in Anchorage, Alaska. Thank you.".
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