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Coyote Tales No. 1 (from the series Coyote Tales)

Coyote Tales No. 1 (from the series Coyote Tales)

Artist: Cara Romero (American, Chemahuevi, born 1977)
Subject Matter: Derek No-Sun Brown (American, Shoshone-Bannock, Klamath, Ojibwe)
Subject Matter: Dina DeVore (American, Jemez, Kewa, Laguna)
Subject Matter: Kaa Folwell (American, Santa Clara Pueblo, born 1991)
Date: 2017
Medium: pigment print
Dimensions:
Image: 35 × 35 in. (88.9 × 88.9 cm)
Support: 40 × 40 in. (101.6 × 101.6 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Gift of Loren G. Lipson, M.D., 2018
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2018.10
Description
The photograph was made in Espanola, New Mexico. “Saints and Sinners” is a liquor store located at 503 S. Riverside Dr., Española, NM 87532. The artist writes that the idea for the picture “came from the crossover lowrider subculture that transcends the geography of both the Santa Fe area to Phoenix all the way over to SoCal, as well as transcends the culture of both Chicano and Natives. I am beginning to show how these subcultures look from a Native lens. I used Coyote in the photograph to represent the beloved trickster, our naughty Coyote character from our stories who is always making questionable choices and often mistakes, but we love him nonetheless. We often learn from him and his mistakes. By having Coyote in this photo we can both celebrate the subculture while acknowledging our human nature to choose naughty over nice (without judgment). Everyone in the photo is meant to evoke omniscience. We are all Saints and Sinners.” In a conversation with Katherine Ware about this piece, the artist says that the image is meant to be lighthearted and about being less judgmental about the decisions you make in life. She notes that the women in the picture are “going into it with eyes open.”
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