MAPPING COYOTE BLACK
Mapping Coyote Black is an immersive installation that employs deconstructed quilts as an essential element. Critical to the narrative of the installation is the character of Coyote. Coyote is famous, everyone knows that Coyote is a trickster; intelligent and powerful and at times Coyote plays the fool. I offer Coyote to viewers as a woman, the avatar of myself as artist. She is independent, shameless, hungry, able to switch forms and she has all Coyote’s traditional qualities and more. In my installation, she signifies what cannot be contained by performances of gender, race, and ethnicity. Her visual voice pieces together historical and lived experiences into speculative narratives. These narratives engage political fantasy with fluid concepts of time. Through this installation’s content, Coyote tells stories where she is the catalyst (she would say ‘star‘). I am not only native, I am also black, and to addresses the impossibility of the intersection of blackness and indianness I employ Coyote. Mapping Coyote Black invents the future through the past, reimagining and tricking you into seeing a new visual genealogy to disrupt the mainstream definition of Indian, a definition too limited for the complexity of Native lives.
Mapping Coyote Black is an installation that engages theories that challenge mainstream ideas of indigeneity, race and ethnicity; specifically lives, like my own, at the intersection of native and black. Native lives and black lives are often lived within racial intersections that remain hidden or unacknowledged for various reasons. This installation challenges assumptions about the limits of indigeneity and blackness and engages the viewer through mapping, refusal, desire, revenge, and haunting. My installation creates a new auto ethnographic narrative, a narrative mapping of untold histories that lends itself to new possible futures.