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.