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Native Art Heritage – Joseph Grady

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Artist – Joseph Grady
copyright @2013 Joseph Grady

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.

Assimilate No Overcome copyright @2013 Joseph Grady - Artist

Assimilate No Overcome
copyright @2013 Joseph Grady – Artist

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.

 

Joker - By Joseph Grady copyright @2013 Joseph Grady

Joker – By Joseph Grady
copyright @2013 Joseph Grady

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.

Joseph Artist Profile Copyright @2013 Joseph Grady

Joseph Artist Profile
Copyright @2013 Joseph Grady

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.

4 Women in Red by Joseph Grady copyright @2013 Joseph Grady

4 Women in Red by Joseph Grady
copyright @2013 Joseph Grady

Moon & Man - by Joseph Grady Copyright @2013 Joseph Grady

Moon & Man – by Joseph Grady
Copyright @2013 Joseph Grady

Crow by Joseph Grady Copyright @2013 Joseph Grady

Crow by Joseph Grady
Copyright @2013 Joseph Grady

Define the Man - Joseph Grady Copyright @2013 Joseph Grady

Define the Man – Joseph Grady
Copyright @2013 Joseph Grady

I hope you enjoyed the art of Joseph Grady.  As always thank you for reading and supporting indie artists.  Leisa Greene ~ Indie It Gal

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Category: Indie It Art, Film & Theatre

About the Author: Leisa Greene’s passions include writing about music, theater, film, food, art, family and friends -- all of which are supported by the community of Missoula and an IV line of dark-roasted iced coffee. She is the English Department’s Administrative Associate of Graduate Admissions at her alma mater, University of Montana; the editor-in-chief of Indie It Press; and the author of a memoir manuscript currently titled EARLY OUT. Her other writing consists of short essays (Brother Townsend and A Jamboree Family), playwriting (The Beckett Syndrome) and screenwriting. “The only regret you will ever have is if you never write it. So, go write it Mom. “ – Dustin Nelson, my son

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  1. I have known Joseph for awhile now. I have watched as he has grown in his journey. I am so happy that he is getting his art there. He is a wonderful artist.
    Nancy Rishoff

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