As modern Native Americans we are a true minority. We are, many of us, working within the same society that crippled the foundation of our history. We are working jobs at non-Native owned businesses; we are raising our children in white public schools. We are fighting to preserve our ceremonies, powwows and languages. We are financially constrained to our reservation lands or we feel that we’ve lost our culture entirely. We are marketing our heritage and simultaneously pushing against becoming stylized woodcarvings in the corners of cigar stores. We are people of color at once corralled and wandering, searching for a medium, alternating feelings of alienation and overwhelming pride as we recognize ourselves as set apart.
Apple is an exploration into my own history, and that of an ever-marginalized culture that is fighting to keep itself alive.