An indigenous artist blends the aesthetics of punk rock with the traditional spiritual practices of the women in her lineage in this bold, contemporary journey to reclaim her heritage and unleash her power and voice while searching for a permanent home.
Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe, a Coast Salish indigenous woman, has always longed for a sense of home. As a child, her family moved around frequently, often staying in barely habitable church attics and trailers, dangerous places for young Sasha. As an adolescent who was determined to escape the poverty and abuse of her childhood and build a better future for herself and her people, Sasha throws herself headlong into the world.
With little more to guide her than a passion for the thriving punk scene of the Pacific Northwest, all she desires is to live up to the responsibility of being the namesake of her beloved great-grandmother, a linguist who helped preserve her indigenous language of Lushootseed and one in a long line of powerful ancestors.
Set against a backdrop of tour vans and the breathtaking beauty of Coast Salish ancestral land and imbued with the universal spirit of punk—an ethos that challenges us to reclaim what’s rightfully ours: our histories, our power, our traditions, and our truths—Red Paint is ultimately a story of the ways we learn to heal while fighting for our right to a place to call home.
Examining what it means to be vulnerable in love and in art while offering an unblinking reckoning with personal traumas—and the collective historical traumas of colonialism and genocide that continue to haunt native peoples—Red Paint is an intersectional autobiography of lineage and resilience that chronicles Sasha’s struggles navigating personal trauma while answering the call to greater purpose.