Visit YOUR new HSFTS1492 facebook page for more photos, updates, authorized outlets, discussion blogs, and share photos and posts! Join the tribe! http://www.facebook.com/colleenlloyd#!/pages/Homeland-Security-Fighting-Terrorism-Since-1492/120555944681864 If it doesn't have the OFFICIAL COPYRIGHT-TRIBAL TRADEMARK seal, it is NOT the real Homeland Security T-shirt created by Colleen-Lloyd. .100% cotton unless noted otherwise.NOTE: Upon request we are happy to print on organic/recycled cotton ($2 and up more) or hemp ($8 and up more) or on the back instead of front, though this may increase costs and delivery time and limit selection. Colleen: My ancestors the Tuscaroras' name Skarureh means hemp gatherers, and they wore skirts made of it, so we make designs on hemp too, to honor them and keep their ways going.100% COTTON HEAVYWEIGHT 6.1 OZ PRESHRUNK GILDAN ULTRA TEES
(or comparable HANES Beefy Tee/Jerzees/AA according to supply) "No indigenous people were harmed in the making of this shirt!!" Only helped.
A Little About me and TiPiTs
Colleen: This little HSFTS1492 "tribe" is called TiPiTs, or Westwind, for making and distributing other native-conscious products conceived, printed, and processed by Dine', Lakota, Creek, Tsalagi, Skarureh, Choctaw, Shoshoni-Bannock, Huron, Northern Ute, and Part White But They Can't Prove It heritage people, to create opportunities and benefit the people.
"By the way, check out Rezdog.comfor more awesome shirts and say hi to my friends, owners Keith and Mary DeHaas out there in Norman, Oklahoma, Indian Territory, where my Grandma (listed Choctaw) was born the year of the land rush, 1889. And check out my Powwowatami Trail Tribe, Vendor Clan member Bob Peasley's "Creative Native" shirts -- you have to get his "B.I.A. Buttheads in Action" (I have one) People ask why would I link to Rez Dog's site. Because we are here to unify and support each other, that is the native way. That's why the pilgrims got fed instead of kicked out by Border Patrol. And some of their descendants still are not grateful for that. -- Colleen
American Indian History 101:
Q: Where did the Homeland Security shirt come from?
A: This is the legend as passed on by our elders:
It began as an email back and forth between "NDNs," just a modern version of a smoke signal joke, after I expressed this feeling since the day they announced "Homeland Security." I thought it was pretty ironic,being not their homeland and having terrorized our people since the unfortunate day Columbus mistakenly got off the boat and the genocide bega. People started sending it around. Now the phrase has become a motto of the Native nations, a political expression that it's for First Nations, we are wearing our flag that says who we are when we wear it. It is the fastest-selling thing stores who carry it have ever seen. I am honored to be part of it.
I never saw a T-shirt or poster of this before I made them, but I have seen many knockoff versions since. It's obvious they were copied from mine, like the "Hickory" one and the "PSI" one (I went to Phoenix and gave them a flier to buy shirts, but they knocked mine off instead of paying me for the real ones.>. And the reproduction of the poster I left at a Mideasterner-run gas station in Denver I saw walking around as a T-shirt at the Denver Powwow. I am trying to get the government to enforce Title 17 like the Lakotas are trying to get them to honor the Fort Laramie Treaty. Still waiting.
RAA (Real American Actionwear (white-run) conned me into having them print the shirts (like you would pay Kinko's to print your manuscripts) and in violation of law, reproduced it exactly from my files stupidly leaving my copyright icon right on the shirt and representing the shirt as Indian-made by my company, saying they were paying me royalties, when I never saw a dime -- as witnessed by customers like Taos Mt. Outfitters and I Love Taos. At least I Love Taos has the decency to refuse to buy their bootlegged shirts, while Taos Mt. Outfitters is still buying them .
I made a poster and drove around with it in my back car window after 911 until my friend John
Fairneny said he'd pay to print some if he could have one . I just wanted to wear the statement.
To pay for the first 40 shirts, my other native friends bought some
and I took it to a Carlos Nakaii native music festival in Ogden. People just flipped out and I had this vision of everyone wearing it, and it has just about happened. Even Dept. of Homeland Security staff wear it to work. George Bush was snapped next to a writer wearing it.
Many people who buy it also advertise it on
their sites, and sell at powwows and festivals and in hundreds of trading posts and stores. By doing this
they support their families, art, and crafts, and keep in business -- and that is one great thing the shirt
is doing for the "Homeland Security Tribe" of friends made on the powwow trail.
When you buy the real things, you are contributing to Native Voices Foundation, tribal events and giveaways, native artists, companies, and
professionals, and promoting those who are friends and patrons of indigenous culture, Navajo mothers selling their beadwork in their
stands on the side of the Arizona Highways, musicians, and to the many, many NDN people who always pitch in and help work the Homeland Security booth.
mother's "Indian name" for me is West Wind. She is where I get the "Part White" in the T-shirt, "I'm Part
White But I Can't Prove It." My Dad is where I get the native blood, brown hair, eyes, and "tan."
My middle name is Darhing, after my Grandmother, Grace Darhing Colley,
who was born in Indian Territory in 1889, the year of the Oklahoma Land Rush, during which my
Great-Grandfather claimed a piece of land by Purcell. They lived there in that
Chickasaw Nation country around Tahlequah (now capitol of Cherokee Nation) and Norman til the early 1900s, when they
migrated to the Horse Heaven Hills near Eltopia, Washington. I grew up on the banks of the Columbia
River, a sacred site to my family, on Grandpa Lloyd's homesteaded land.
Our native Turtle Island ancestry is traced through her clear back to Virginia Skarureh/Tsa-la-gi lands, so I am with Tuscarora Nation of North Carolina.Rez Dog make a shirt,"I was NDN before NDN was cool." When I was growing up, no one wanted to admit if they were Indian. My Grandma showed my Mom a picture of her mother and sister and told her about our ancestry. When I was in my early twenties, it dawned on me maybe that was why I just could not accept the governmental and religious society structures I felt were a slow genocide. I had a desire to be part of what was real and what my identity was and what was NOT whatever this other life was that felt foreign to me. So I sought out the good native path, The Red Road or The Right Way.