Indian Humor

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The works of 38 Native artists depicting their interpretation of Indian humor.

 

 

In AICA’s catalog of a national touring exhibition are the works of 38 Native artists depicting their interpretation of Indian humor. Here is Coyote dressed in red, white and blue, cane in hand and wearing a top hat and sneakers, dancing on a vaudeville stage. The painting is framed by images of running buffalo, and artist Harry Fonseca (Maidu) calls it “Shuffle Off to Buffalo.”

Here is “Buenos Dias, Juan Valdez,” Peter Jones’ (Onondaga) idea of what a truthful advertisement for coffee might look like.

Here is a nude reclining clay woman holding up a metal cylinder with string attached. Nora Naranjo-Morse (Santa Clara Pueblo) calls it “Rosita Fished With a Metal Rod During Electrical Storms Because Grandma Taught Her That Strong Spiritual Conduct Was Essential to Pueblo Living.”

Here are stinging installations such as “Land O’Plenty” by Jean LaMarr (Paiute/Pit River) that use dehumanizing postcard images of Native women to call attention to racism.

As AICA executive director Janeen Antoine (Sicangu Lakota) writes, “Humor gives us a cosmic fix and takes us out of our center of the universe, enabling us to laugh at ourselves.”

 

 

Author: American Indian Contemporary Arts

Illustrations: Color photos and paintings

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 1995

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Various U.S. tribes