Julie Acosta (b. 1978, Santa Clara, California, United States), I am a member of the Jumano Tribe of West Texas. A recent graduate with 3 degrees in the Studio Arts and Design fields, I am an experienced professional Artist with strong concept developmental skills. Highly detail oriented, I thrive on collaboration, change, and innovation. I am a painter, photographer, illustrator, graphic artist, and sculptor. I also create Indigenous beadwork.
Previously I spent over 20 years in the beauty industry. I owned my own studio in the Rose Garden neighborhood of San Jose for several years. However, in 2020 I decided to eventually pursue my artistic passion.
I am most inspired by the visual artist Frida Kahlo and the writer Maya Angelou because they were both incredibly strong women that used art to express their own struggles and realities.
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The erasure of the true and real history of Native peoples through false narratives and myths promotes a continued lack of awareness and understanding by the American public, denying the brutal history of what was done to Native peoples over the last 400+ years.
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Indigenous people are underrepresented and often misrepresented across the media landscape: In books, music, movies, and TV, we see very few Indigenous people. A lot of the existing representations of Indigenous Americans rely on harmful stereotypes and tired clichés, and there aren’t many mainstream examples of Indigenous people controlling their own narratives.