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Untitled (Geronimo/Goyathlay)

Untitled (Geronimo/Goyathlay)

Artist: Joseph Kahze (American, Mescalero Apache)
Date: 20th Century
Medium: beadwork on canvas
Dimensions:
Image: 9 15/16 × 5 3/4 in. (25.2 × 14.6 cm)
Support: 11 15/16 × 7 5/8 in. (30.3 × 19.4 cm)
Classification: Textile
Credit Line: Gift of Edith and Ernest Schwartz, 2008
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2014.13
Description
This work appropriates a well-known, iconic 1887 photograph of Bedonkohe Apache leader Geronimo for its composition. The use of this image of Geronimo (Goyathlay) clutching a rifle rendered in beading suggests a critical perspective on the history of NM and SW Apaches. Geronimo fought against colonization of Apache homelands and aggressively pursued revenge attacks against Mexicans after his mother, wife and children were killed in a raid by Spanish Mexican soldiers. He later added US whites to his vendetta. He is known as the “last Apache holdout” and has become a symbol of Indigenous People’s resistance.
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