El agua es vida/Water Is Life

Seven Generations 2020

Unidentified Artist
El agua es vida/Water Is Life
ca. 1975
lithograph on paper
17 x 11 in.
Albuquerque Museum, gift of Diane Palley

Thanks in part to widespread information sharing on social media, the resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline staged on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota in 2016 and 2017 attracted national media attention. Despite downplaying the political importance of the Standing Rock Sioux’s assertion of sovereignty, the national media succeeded in introducing a wider audience to “Mní Wičóni.” or “water is life.”

Anyone living in a desert climate inherently knows this to be true, that water is a necessity of everyday life and is essential to life itself. But not everyone has equal access to clean water. This bilingual poster from the 1970s informed people where they could turn for help if they had issues with the quality of their water