John Trudell Portrait

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The original John Trudell Portrait sold. Prints featuring this image are available here.

This portrait was inspired by the life and legacy of Indigenous activist, poet, musician, and actor John Trudell. Rick felt compelled to center the portrait around John's quote, which speaks humbly and powerfully about the nature of humanity. Though the quote comes from a bygone era, it feels as meaningful and relevant as ever. Series 2022.


John Trudell was a Native American author, poet, actor, musician, and political activist. He was the spokesperson for the Indians of All Tribes' takeover of Alcatraz beginning in 1969, broadcasting as Radio Free Alcatraz. During most of the 1970s, he served as the chairman of the American Indian Movement based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

After his pregnant wife, three children, and mother-in-law were killed in 1979 in a suspicious fire at the home of his parents-in-law on the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Duck Valley Indian Reservation in Nevada, Trudell turned to writing, music, and film as a second career. He inspired the likes of Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Bonnie Rait, Robbie Roberston, and more. The documentary Trudell (2005) was made about him and his life as an activist and artist. To learn more, visit