Genizaros (2019)

This series honors the strength, resilience, and labor of my great great grandmother Felipita who was forced to sacrifice and assimilate. She was born Southern Ute kidnapped by Comanche around 1878 and given/ sold to a white family to be their “servant.” She eventually was freed and married my great great grandfather Jose Espinoza- an indigenous Mexican servant who was from San Louis, Colorado.

McDaniel worked collaboratively with her mother and sister to create this series of work to remind everyone that the foundation of America has been historically rooted in the labor and enslavement of our Black and Brown ancestors. Let us never forget.