a: black ground two raccoons, one stands on his hind legs and holds to small doll figures and one lies on its back wearing jewelry and holding a pair of dead birds that have a tag with "Good Intentions" hanging on them; applique along bottom in copper, white and magenta pink b: black ground; female figure lying on her back wearing a red dress with a grey coyote standing on top of her with a bird on a string dangling from its mouth; applique along bottom in copper, white and magenta pink

White Savior Complex, 2019

Julie Buffalohead

Acrylic, graphite, and collage on Lokta paper

The Jane and James Emison Endowment for Native America Art 2020.2.1a,b

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A woman in a burgundy dress lies on her back, with an attentive coyote standing on top of her. This paper cut-out woman is placed upon jet black paper with a ribbonwork design adorning the bottom. Ribbonwork, created with imported silk ribbons from Europe and stitched onto wool, is a unique art form created by women in Osage, Ponca, and other communities across the North American prairie.

To the left, a string connects the woman to two fat raccoons. One is comfortably lounging on his back; he wears a bear-claw necklace and holds ribbonwork in his paw. The other raccoon stands upright, grasping stick figures of the Lone Ranger, a hero of TV and movie westerns, and a well-groomed white woman holding a cell phone and clasping a fancy purse.

Image: In Copyright–Educational Use. The Jane and James Emison Endowment for Native America Art

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