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Chii – Navajo, Yuchi, Chippewa Anishanabe (from the series Mixed Indian)

Vicki Monks, Chii – Navajo, Yuchi, Chippewa Anishanabe (from the series Mixed Indian), 2010, pigment print, 15 x 12 15/16 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Museum purchase with funds from the Shlenker Block Fund of the Houston Jewish Community Foundation, 2012 (2011.25) ©Vick Monks. Photo by Blair Clark

Chii – Navajo, Yuchi, Chippewa Anishanabe (from the series Mixed Indian)

Artist: Vicki Monks (American, Chickasaw, born 1952)
Date: 2010
Medium: pigment print
Dimensions:
Image: 15 × 12 15/16 in. (38.1 × 32.9 cm)
Support: 19 × 12 15/16 in. (48.3 × 32.9 cm)
Mat: 24 × 20 in. (61 × 50.8 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds from the Shlenker Block Fund of the Houston Jewish Community Foundation, 2012
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2011.25
Description
This portrait of Chii, a boy of mixed Native American heritage, was made when the artist found him along on a dirt road outside a Yuchi tribal burial ground. An elder lady had passed away, one of the last of a handful of fluent Yuchi speakers who had been close to Chii’s mother. Chii’s solemn expression marks the gravity of this loss, perhaps hinting at an understanding that goes beyond his years.
Not on view
Publication and Exhibition History: 8/12/2011 – 10/3/2011 Exhibit: New Native Photography; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico