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Sydney Pursel, 23

Ask Sydney Pursel about her medium, and she’ll tell you, “Anything but painting and drawing.” With technology as her brush, Pursel is on a mission to update the mainstream image of Native Americans. For one project, she read the book Black Elk Speaks into a computer transcription program and printed the transcribed version to demonstrate what is lost in translation. She also created a website,, where viewers can vote whether they think a person is Native American — they can even upload their own photos to be judged. “Sometimes, the most honest a person can be is when he or she reveals his or her racism,” Pursel says. Back to Millennials


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