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Oscar Howe, Dance of the Heyoka, ca. 1954, watercolor on paper, 20 1⁄4 × 26 1⁄4".

“Art for a New Understanding: Native Perspectives, 1950s to Now”

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Oscar Howe, Dance of the Heyoka, ca. 1954, watercolor on paper, 20 1⁄4 × 26 1⁄4".

JAUNE QUICK-TO-SEE SMITH made her multimedia collage Mischief, Indian Land Series in 1992, during the quincentennial of Christopher Columbus’s minatory arrival in North America. Mischief is titled after a print advertisement affixed to its upper-right-hand corner in which a woman resembling Betty Boop in cartoonish Native dress stands holding a Mischief Washington apple, the company’s logo emblazoned above her. The image is typical of American pop-culture portrayals of Native peoples, and Smith juxtaposes it with images of men in elaborate headdresses and photographs of the Statue of Liberty, as well as with newspaper clippings that attest to the inequities facing Native Americans: A headline cut from a 1989 issue of the Lakota Times reads, “Notes from Indian Country: No skills—no jobs—no income.” Another declares: “A Crisis of Leadership.”

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Mischief, Indian Land Series, 1992, acrylic, oil stick, and collage on canvas, 60 × 40".

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