a: White ground; image of a female figure laying on her back with a black coyote seated on her stomach and looking down to her face b: Purple ground; two white rabbit and five black birds in a white cage at the L side of the image and a coyote drawn in white pencil stands to the R of the cage and looks towards it

Cages, 2019

Julie Buffalohead

Acrylic, graphite, and collage on Lokta paper

Courtesy of the Artist and Bockley Gallery L2019.280.1a,b

Not on View

At right, a curious coyote peers into a cage, sniffing five upside-down crows and two rabbits, one holding a doll. In the left-hand panel, a coyote rests in the lap of a reclining woman. They each stare into the other’s eyes. Does the viewer “read” the work from left to right or right to left' And how do meanings shift when one begins to interpret the story' Why are these animals—who represent in part the seven Ponca clans—in a cage' In what other contexts have humans been put in cages' What is the role of the coyote on the left, and what might the woman and coyote be communicating to each other without saying a word'

Image: In Copyright–Educational Use. Courtesy of the Artist and Bockley Gallery

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