‘The Border Crossed Us’ Book Released

17 Apr

A new book about The Border Crossed Us is available for order on lulu.com.

The book includes 42 full-color pages with maps, photographs, two essays, and other documentation of the work that made The Border Crossed Us possible.

order on lulu.com

Time-Lapse Video

21 Nov

This time-lapse video was compiled from photos taken by a motion-sensing camera designed for hunting. The sound is from the Eagle Song, a song of welcome and strength sung by Ofelia Rivas of the Tohono O’odham to the students on the UMass campus. During the installation, the song played from the underground vent in front of the fence.

What are you hiding?

1 May

¿Quien está con usted?

30 Apr


29 Apr

Are you a citizen?

28 Apr

May I touch you?

28 Apr

¿Cómo llegó aquí?

27 Apr

What color are you?

26 Apr

A Voice in the Desert

25 Apr

An inspiring and disturbing portrait of the Tohono O’odham situation on the US-Mexico international border.
By Jason Jaacks of Cordillera Productions

Tour of the US-Mexico Border in Amherst, MA

24 Apr

The University Museum of Contemporary Art partnered with Artists in Context to present this tour on a rainy, rainy, rainy New England spring day led by Ofelia Rivas & Flora Marietta (Tohono O’odham) and Catherine D’Ignazio (the Institute for Infinitely Small Things).

Why are you here?

24 Apr

Panel on Indigenous Identities

22 Apr

In conjunction with the Native Studies program. With guests Ofelia Rivas (Tohono O’odham), Solomon “Rocky” Bear (Maliseet), Curtis Lazore (Mohawk), and moderator Ramona Peters (Director, Cultural Survival Board, Cambridge MA). The panelists discussed their experiences of living on both sides of the “imaginary” borders of US-Canada and US-Mexico, being repeatedly asked to declare their citizenship, and the ways in which they subvert the border, initiate educational sessions with border patrol staff and assert their identities as original peoples of the land.


Video of sound vent

22 Apr

The sound alternates between a blessing sung by Ofelia Rivas of the Tohono O’odham and helicopter field recordings and construction sounds from the border. The sound comes from a large vent in the ground.

Art installation at UMass evokes impact of fences along US-Mexico border

22 Apr

By Phoebe Mitchell for the Daily Hampshire Gazette

Visiting her neighbor used to involve a 15-minute walk for Ofelia Rivas. But since the fence went up along the United States-Mexico border in 2007, dividing the Tohono O’odham reservation in southern Arizona where Rivas and other tribe members live, that visit now involves at least a two-hour drive, as well as passing through a border checkpoint. [READ ON]

Art exhibit symbolizes border between

22 Apr

By Brian Canova for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian

From afar, bicyclists slow as they inch up, peer around the corner and disappear behind the fence while disrupted foot traffic files in and out one by one. They approach what appears to be a construction site and hear the sounds of Native American ceremonial hymns, with the clanking of machinery and noisy helicopters surrounding the exhibit… [Read on]

Nap eay am’jed?

22 Apr

Where did you come from?

21 Apr



Where are you going?

20 Apr


The fence is up

20 Apr

Photographs by John Solem



19 Apr

Images by Ben Barnhart