Remember You're On Stolen Land Bandana
The Artist: Heldáy de la Cruz (Portland, OR)
Heldáy de la Cruz is a Mexican illustrator, designer, and activist based in Portland, OR. Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Heldáy and his family immigrated to Oregon when he was just 2 years old. He is a recipient of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) - an immigration policy that provides undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children eligibility to legally live and work in the U.S.
As a queer, Mexican, undocumented individual, Heldáy's work offers a unique perspective on life in the United States. Heavily influenced by his experience, his work explores the intersectionality of the multiple communities he lives in and identifies with.
The Design: "Remember You Are On Stolen Land"
Heldáy created "Remember You Are On Stolen Land" as a daily reminder that we cannot move forward without first acknowledging our past. He explained, "We all must remember that the land we live on was not 'discovered,' but rather stolen from the indigenous people who settled here first. An 'outlaw' in the general sense, is someone who has committed a crime, and this entire nation must not forget that it is guilty of being established through the genocide and robbery of native people."
Heldáy's hope is that this bandana is one we can all wear to own that history, as much as it may hurt. It is only through remembering the evils and transgressions of the past that we may all move forward without repeating them.
The Charity: Pueblo Unido PDX (Portland, OR)
Pueblo Unido PDX is a Portland-based organization that provides legal counseling services and client advocacy for immigrants facing deportation. The organization connects individuals with skilled legal representatives to help them build their case against removal.
Size: 21" x 21"
Wash: Hand Wash, Line or Tumble Dry, Warm Iron, Do Not Bleach
Please note that all of our bandanas are printed, cut, and sewn by hand. There may be slight variations from product to product.