Chris Pappan

Buffalo Woman Rising

Graphite, ink, color pencil, map collage on Evanston municipal ledger, Image: 23"h x 18"w, framed: 32.25"h x 28.75"w, Item No. 17744,

Objectification is not the intent of this work, it is about indigenous narratives that speak to truth and self-reflection. It reinforces the shift to self-narrative; from one of outside influence (white male anthropological gaze) to a first voice perspective.  The modern context of the figure provides a sense of empowerment and defies the forced modesty imposed by Christian Euro-American ideals.  She is reaffirming the humanity inherent in Native American cultures, a humanity that is still trying to be erased.