My apologies for taking time away from the discussion on what was meant to be a short question and turned into something longer.
Where life leads an Artist and where they come from and how they travel this journey is very individual. The background George provided shows that. Thank you for the opportunity to get a unique perspective on this journey as an Artist from an Artist. My MacBook died in the middle of asking my question and by the time I got to ask it again it became a bit of a speech instead. This is the question I meant to ask (and did but in a round about way)
Steve and our kids are indigenous. Obviously I always knew this and they were raised in as much of there culture as we knew how. I never knew I was Native too, till I began to invest time into Genealogy (a large interest of mine) My journey as an Artist is a long one and creating visual stories is as much a part of me as is my heritage. I can no more deny being an Artist and I can no longer not know I am an Indigenous person. However I do not feel I have a right to call myself an Indigenous Artist (yet). Until I find someone willing to help me get there and explore that path, how do I handle the questions? Our business, Steve and I are putting together, is an Indigenous business, and I am the Artist in this. How do we go forward as an Indigenous Business, with an Artist that is a Native, but not yet an Indigenous Artist?
Thank you for the advice during my long question on Zoom. I will take those words and continue writing our story with the knowledge this is going to be the next path we take. Discovering what this means and where we take this, is something I personally look forward to. I still cannot call myself an Indigenous Artist. I can call myself an Artist that is Indigenous. I hope this makes sense – I have now re written it about 3 times.
We are learning, and we are asking questions. With each bit of knowledge we are building something together as our kids transition into young adults and we transition into a different kind of freedom as a couple.