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Native American Scholars and Collaborators Projects

Diego Arias, NAISC Summer Immersion

Diego Arias self portrait photo and graphite on paper 2007 to present"My name is Diego Arias, and I am a Native Scholar from the 2010-2012 school counseling cohort.

"My reflection presentation depicts my history as an artist serving the community and the healing I experienced while on the Native Grant.

"As a creative individual, I found my voice in utilizing my strengths as an artist to inspire hope and healing among the children I served. My journey was in 'allowing myself to get lost so that I can find myself again,' a journey that began with understanding where I came from, where I was, and where I was going.

"The two immersions I experienced and the indigenous knowledge I learned from my involvement in the grant helped me find my identity."

   ~Diego Arias, M.S.


 

Note: Click on images below, to enlarge.

 
Image: Imagining is Creating - A visual narrative on seeking identity as a Mexican-American painting called Sunrise Ceremony by Diego Arias acrylic on canvas 2014
 
 
whoami.jpgImage: drawing of eye with words who am i, why do we create, what is your truth, community work, activity, i see, seeking identity, nascp, the power of education, imagine create
 
 
 Photos of Diego and his parents with words Who Am I Diego Cesar Arias Lomeli mother Maria Irma Lomeli Hernandez Father Gabriel Arias Chavarin Self Portrait of Diego graphite on paper 2007 to present
 
 
 
Images and maps of Jalisco Mexico and Fallbrook California
 
Photo: Diego as a child with words Who Am I? and First Childhood Memory
 
Photo collage of images from SDSU featuring groups of NAISC students posing together
 

 

Image of 2007 mixed media collage “AnatoMias” by Diego with words Why Do We Create?

 

 Pen and ink drawing “Cinco de mayo, o, Donde esta mi patria?” – by Diego with words Why do we create? Share express ideas, use our imagination, have a sense of direction, gain sense of mastery, gain sense of identity, express emotions, prove a point, healing, coping, etc.

 

Drawing by Diego “Circulo cerrado, o, El hombre de rosas se deshace en pétalos” – (4” X 6”) Pen & Ink with words What is your truth? What are your strengths skills? How can you use your skills talents and or experiences to honor your loved ones and create happiness?

 

Image: drawing by Diego “Our School…” Potter Jr. High School, Fallbrook, CA. 2006 with words Community Work Our school is a celebration of diversity, open and honest communication, and does not tolerate racism harassment of any kind or the use of alcohol tobacco or other drugs

 

Photo of Diego and other students posing in front of mural by Diego “Our School…” Potter Jr. High School, Fallbrook, CA. 2006 with words Community Work Our school is a celebration of diversity, open and honest communication, and does not tolerate racism harassment of any kind or the use of alcohol tobacco or other drugs

 

 Image: Community work “Respect” Potter Jr. High School, Fallbrook, CA. 2007 Mural by Diego of students at school with sun and the word Respect

 

Photo with heading Community Work: Diego and other students pose in front of Respect mural

 

Photo of painting by Diego under heading Seeking Identity “Caravana de almas perdidas dirigidas por uno aun mas perdido” – (16” X 20”) Acrylic on Canvas, 2008

 

Photo of painting by Diego “El indeciso” – (20” X 16”) Acrylic on Canvas, 2008

 

 Photo of painting by Diego “Rabia” – (20” X 16”) Acrylic on Canvas, 2011

 Native American Scholars and Collaborators Project Mindful Action, Positive self concept, Balanced outcome, Generosity, Sacred planned action, Interdependent life way. All are part of Indigenous Diné (Navajo) Knowledge

 

Photo of hogan with words 5 Principles: 1. Mindfulness 2. Kindness 3. Non-judgmental 4. Do no harm 5. Kinship (interdependence) Ways of knowing, healing, self-determination, language/language revitalization, colonization/ decolonization

 

  Heading The Power of Education with 2 images of pen and ink drawings Somos Fantasmas 2012 and Este Libro 2013

 

Painting by Diego “Mi voz crece” – (20” X 16”) Acrylic on Canvas, 2012 with heading words Imagine and Create