Contemporary artist Bunky Echo-Hawk‘s live painting events, colorful skateboard decks, and his design partnership with Nike all debunk stereotypes about Native Americans today. And by merging Native American images with pop culture references– such as the Stars Wars-inspired painting If Yoda Were an Indian– Echo-Hawk uses humor to shed light on current issues facing Native American communities. Now, see what happens when this artist, activist, and traditional Pawnee singer draws inspiration from historic Field Museum collections, from a richly painted ceremonial dress to traditional spoons carved from bison horn. Experience Echo-Hawk’s large-scale paintings, and see how an artist can fight as a modern-day warrior– striving for constructive change and keeping his Native culture alive and flourishing.
This exhibition is organized by The Field Museum and co-curator Bunky Echo-Hawk.
This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.