"I was struck by the celebration of the 'discoverer' that is made into a hero in history. As an indigenous man in Alaska I know that our history spans more than 10,000 years. This artwork acknowledges that history, by asserting that we knew we were here, and were not discovered. The photo montage was taken over the course of a day at Resolution Park in downtown Anchorage, also known as 'The Monument' where a large bronze statue of Captain Cook stands looking out at the inlet.
Over the course of the day I created a pop up installation of large steel sculptures based on Tlingit warrior knives trapping the Captain and photographed myself throughout the day. This is a reminder of the history that was here before Cook and recognizing the continuing cultural landscape that is Alaska today."
— Da-ka-xeen Mehner