Indifferent Artist: Julie Buffalohead (Ponca, born 1972)


Prints and Drawings

Not on view

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.


Acrylic, ink, graphite, and collaged on Lokta paper


sheet (3 sheets joined): 29 7/16 × 58 3/4 in. (74.8 × 149.2 cm)
framed: 34 × 63 1/2 × 2 in. (86.4 × 161.3 × 5.1 cm)

Credit Line

Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund

Accession Number



20th century


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Artist's collection
  • 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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Additional information

Object/Work type

animal art, collages


Signed and dated on verso

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