The Shirt

$20.00 each

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rtists Shelley Niro (Mohawk) and Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (Diné/ Seminole/ Muscogee) cleverly pair satire of those ubiquitous souvenir t-shirts with a sharp analysis of colonialism and racism—all in six minutes with no dialogue.Available in DVD, for home use or with public performance rights.  (The) Shirt. 2003, 6 minutes, color, high school-up.

Artists Shelley Niro (Mohawk) and Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (Diné/ Seminole/ Muscogee) cleverly pair satire of those ubiquitous souvenir t-shirts (as in, "My parents went to New York, and all I got was this shirt") with a sharp analysis of colonialism and racism—all in six minutes with no dialogue. Alternating with scenes of the ever-more-industrialized land, Tsinhnahjinnie, decked out in aviator sunglasses and an American flag headband, wears a white t-shirt that sequentially reads, “My ancestors/ were/ annihalateed/ exterminated/ murdered and/ massacred,” then “They were/ lied to/ cheated/ tricked and deceived,” then “Attempts were/ made to/ assimilate/ colonize/ enslave and/ displace them,” and finally concluding with the inevitable punchline.