This essay is my account of the early stages of the creation of the 2014 drawing and video installation titled On Fire. Using a detailed and unmediated first-person point of view, I attempt to humanize a tragic event that the viewer often fails to identify with and process fully when the event is categorized as a Native American experience. The issue of climate change is a human issue that all cultures face. I ask readers to immerse themselves in the landscape and consider the unique relationship my people have always had with the natural world.

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