Unravel Artist: Julie Buffalohead (Ponca, born 1972)
Printer: Zac Adams-Bliss
Publisher: Highpoint Center for Printmaking (Minneapolis, founded 2001)


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In Ponca tradition, deer are considered sacred. In this print, however, a red string has been tied around the animal’s neck—like a leash—while a prairie dog plays with its removed antlers. A member of the deer clan of the Ponca tribe, artist Julie Buffalohead uses this animal to represent herself. She grew up between the two cultures of her Ponca father and Caucasian mother and has said that, for her, the deer’s separation from its antlers “reflects missing a part of oneself, and the ambiguity of being biracial.” Throughout Buffalohead’s work, shadow puppets allude to conflicts between cultures. Here, the prairie dog waves a silhouette of the trickster coyote in a Western-style dress alongside an exoticized representation of a woman in a headdress, the latter critiquing stereotypes of Native culture.




image: 16 1/8 × 49 1/4 in. (41 × 125.1 cm)
sheet: 22 1/2 × 60 1/2 in. (57.2 × 153.7 cm)
framed: 28 × 66 in. (71.1 × 167.6 cm)

Credit Line

The Richard S. Field Fund for Contemporary Photography and Works on Paper

Accession Number



20th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.



Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, MN, Inventory No. 3403
  • "Acquisitions July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (December 1, 2017), 37
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Object/Work type

allegories, animal art, lithographs




LL corner in graphite: 6/8; lower edge, center, in graphite: UNRAVEL


LR corner in graphite: Julie Buffalohead 2014

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