"We're a people with the past, not of the past" History lessons with Frank Waln at the Field Museum in Chicago, IL.

Awesome video of Frank Waln (hip hop artist and badass university student), discussing the power of representations, symbolic annihilation, and the importance of higher education.

Frank Waln (Sicangu Lakota) is a 23 year-old award-winning hip hop artist, producer and performer hailing from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation.

"I think I just developed the skill out of necessity due to the fact that I was trying to make music on the Rosebud Reservation which is such an isolated place. The nearest studio was a 4 hour drive away, and I didn't have any money to pay studio fees, so I looked for any way I could to make the music that was inside of me -- any outlet to get it out.

Fortunately I live in a time where I can make and produce an entire album on my laptop. Due to these conveniences of modern technology, I brought my studio to my basement on my reservation.

The first piece of equipment I ever got was an old used drum machine that my mom got me at a pawn shop. It did not come with a manual -- it literally took me three months to figure it out how to program drums without a manual.

I'm in Chicago right now, in my second year at Columbia College, an art school, where I'm studying audio arts and acoustics with a minor in management."
Frank Waln


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