Comic Art Indigène
May 11, 2008 through January 4, 2009
And I Shall Call Her Freedom
And I Shall Call Her Freedom Rose Simpson Freedom (Santa Clara Pueblo), 2008 Mixed Media on Paper
Photo speedy close: Apache Speedy Douglas Miles (San Carlos Apache/Akimel O'Odham), Acrylic on 7-ply maple wood, 2003.
Storytelling has long been a part of Native American culture. Comic Art Indigène which opens at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture on May 11, 2008 looks at how storytelling has been used through comics and comic inspired art to express the contemporary Native American experience. Under the larger definition of narrative art, comic art is more related to Native American art traditions than one might expect. The earliest surviving examples of such narrative art is rock art. The historic examples used in the exhibition, such as photographs of rock art, ledger art, and ceramics are meant to link Native American art traditions with contemporary voices.
Tribal Force Ryan Huna Smith (Chemehuevi/Navajo), 2000 Pen and Ink on Board