I am widely known as Ben Pease. I come from the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Nations in South Eastern Montana. Throughout my journey I’ve acquired experiences through being a father, husband, son, brother, student, athlete, artist, actor, traditionalist, and much more. Currently, I’m in the midst of completing my undergraduate degree at Montana State University with an emphasis in Studio Arts with a possible minor in Native American Studies.
I was born in 1989 and raised on the Crow Reservation. Throughout my life, I’ve tried to soak up as much cultural, societal, and traditional aspects of what it means to be an aboriginal from North America in the whirlwind of today. I find my definition of being Native to this land as an interpersonal physical and spiritual relationship which is connected to all surrounding entities, beings, organisms, and geological features.
I’ve recently crossed paths with self-appointed task of narrating the Aboriginal struggles and aesthetics through my personal interpretation. Whether my art focuses upon statements drawn from the aspect of an activist or based on cultural recording, I feel the need to educate and speak volumes. I will continue my transition from a so-called “Rez-Kid” to a culturally rich Contemporary Storyteller. Throughout my years growing up on and around the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations in the Southeastern part of Montana, I have noticed how easy it is to lose sight of who or where and individual might come from or what they believe in.
It is ridiculous to say Natives must abandon the assimilated lives we’ve grown used to living. What is plausible is that we must act with solidarity to recreate our migration away from traditional techniques and customs. Charging forward wielding solidarity to combat and recompense our losses in the assimilation of our ancestors appears to be a great goal. My journey as a storyteller stands as a continuation of my contribution to our contemporary cultures, as I will pass along the knowledge I earn. I am eager.
I have been practicing as a professional Native Artist for almost 4 years around the country. My work and process are currently evolving, for the more I learn, the less I know. The sole purpose of my creations is to motivate others to keep in mind, and to gain as much knowledge about who they are in their families, community, society, and in this world. Also, to have a little fun.