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Artist: Rick E. Bartow, Mad River Band of Wiyot, American, 1946–2016

Coyote

1985

Pastel and charcoal

Sheet: 57.2 × 38.1 cm (22 1/2 × 15 in.)
Richard Brown Baker, B.A. 1935, Collection
2008.19.914
Massacres by settlers in the mid-nineteenth century forced Rick E. Bartow’s Wiyot ancestors to move north from their territory in California. As a result, Bartow grew up separated from his community but maintained relationships with members of Oregon’s Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. As a young man, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. After being discharged, he battled post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism and sought healing through his art making. Bartow’s work was influenced by his addiction as well as by Siletz artists, their stories, and the lands and waterways of their territory. In this work, he depicted a humanlike coyote who may be the clever trickster featured in many Siletz stories.
Geography: 
Made in United States
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Drawings and Watercolors
Provenance: 

Jamison-Thomas Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 10/3/85

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), 164–65, no. 71, ill.

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