Building the altar was a collective journey between myself, my group, and my classmates. Building the altar was not only placing objects upon some empty boxes but understanding the significance behind each object. Once completed the altar’s significance was evident throughout.
Our group wanted to remember the missing indigenous women in Washington State and included objects to represent the women’s indigenous roots. The leaves and flowers signify the importance nature plays on indigenous women and placing images of a few missing women allowed the viewer to connect the movement to a face. The placement of the altar’s beside each other was not only visually appealing but also, demonstrates how the concept of an altar is interpreted differently from the various groups.
The differences in the altars made me realize that altars don’t have a right answer. Even though the altars differed from each other all came together and worked to promote the indigenous practices in a positive and informative way.