Native Art Heritage – Joseph Grady’s art and journey has brought him back to his own roots. He found them through meeting new and courageous people and becoming actively engaged in his specific Native American culture and heritage.
This journey that Joseph is on enriches his talents and reflects through his work in indie films, art, writing, and music. Recently, Joseph acted in three indie films: Winter in The Blood, Jimmy P, and Subterranea.
Joseph also co-wrote a play with actress Lily Gladstone titled TRAPS. The script is an educational tool about the things that take you away from identity and self where in every community there are things that trap individuals.
Through all of his new artistic experiences and adventures Joseph, or Spopii, as some of his Blackfeet friends and colleagues refer to him (Spopii is Pikunii for Turtle which Joseph adopts from a matrilineal heritage handed down from the mother who gave birth to Joseph), continues to develop his fine art. His work is only more defined due to his journey and meeting of incredible people.
During the filming of Winter in the Blood some of the actors and people working on the film discovered their family heritage on the Hi-Line. Joseph was one of them. Joseph’s mother died when he was a baby from tuberculosis; therefore, he was adopted. Joseph has recently acquired knowledge of his own lineage and heritage in the last few years. Joseph spoke with some people who live on the Hi-Line and one of them said, “I knew your mom and dad.” This is also where he found out where “Turtle” comes from.
I hope you enjoyed the art of Joseph Grady. As always thank you for reading and supporting indie artists. Leisa Greene ~ Indie It Gal
Category: Indie It Art, Film & Theatre