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Artist: Julie Buffalohead, American and Ponca, born 1972

Indifferent

2017

Acrylic, ink, graphite, and collaged on Lokta paper

3 sheets joined: 74.8 × 149.2 cm (29 7/16 × 58 3/4 in.)
Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund
2018.155.1
Featuring characters from Ponca stories, Julie Buffalohead’s collage depicts a scene of serious play, satirizing clichéd and romanticized perceptions of Indigenous people. Coyote, a Ponca trickster figure, rests in a lawn chair, indifferent to the antics of the motley crew of animals below her. Wily and unruly, yet wise, Coyote is known for her irony and holds within her the contradictions of the world.
Geography: 
Made in United States
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Drawings and Watercolors
Provenance: 

Artist's collection

Bibliography: 

Katherine Nova McCleary, Leah Tamar Shrestinian, and Joseph Zordan, Place, Nations, Generations, Beings: 200 Years of Indigenous North American Art, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2019), 180, no. 81, ill.

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