elaine longtemps america homeland
I was born the exact same night and time that Pearl Harbor was bombed, December 7, 1941, to an Italian emigrant family. Both my uncle and cousin died in World War II, and my family in Sicily suffered at the hands of the Nazis. I grew up hearing stories of the war and of Italy and coming to America. I married a man whose ancestry goes back to the French Canadian fur traders and Iroquois Indian. With him, I have visited 36 of the 50 states and parts of Canada. With me, he has visited most of Italy and Sicily. Through me, he has come to understand the hopes and struggles of immigrants. Through him, I have come to understand the sorrowful history of the American Indian and their deep love and respect for this land. From this proud background grew America Homeland, a series of narrative and visual vignettes.