Seeing Ryukyu: Collective Unconscious is a series of gelatin silver print photograms taken on a 35mm black-and-white camera this past summer. I was able to retrace a path I took as a child with my family, all the way to 29 Palms, California, where I lived (1997-’99). I connect this long stretch of highway and desert with my father’s identity as a Marine and moments of my childhood. In the militarized land used for training and bases, I see trauma across the land, just like Okinawa. Twenty percent of Okinawa, Japan, is currently occupied by the largest Foreign U.S. Military Base.
29 Palms Former Mara Desert known to the Chauilla Natives
29 Palms, California was first known to the Cahuilla natives as Mara. Cahuilla natives call the Yacca Brivifolia, commonly known as Joshua trees "hunuvat chiy’a" or "humwichawa."
In 1855, ethnocentric Europian survey was made by Colonel Henry Washington who changed the name from Mara to 29 Palms.