Countering the Stoic Indian
Artist Zig Jackson takes gentle digs at the intersections of cultural humor in Indian Country and urban America.
A recent collection displayed at the Portland Art Museum showed an Indian in headdress (Jackson) poised against a California Bay Area background.
The sign reads: “Entering Zig’s Indian Reservation.”
And, “No picture taking.”
Jackson says he walks the streets and asks by-standers to snap photos of him, sometimes wearing an eagle-feather headdress.
One memorable shot was taken on a San Francisco bus, with denizens taking little notice of his presence.
A favorite is what Jackson calls, “an Indian taking a picture of a settler taking a picture of Indians.”
He snapped the photo at a pow wow.
Jackson, who was raised on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, teaches photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Fellow artist Ryan Redcorn, an Osage who works out of his Buffalo Nickel Creative studio in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, shot an impressive video with Sterlin Harjo (Seminole, Creek) called, “Indians Laughing” that belies the myth of the stoic Indian.
Redcorn and Harjo are part of a touring humor troupe called the 1491s, that plumb humor from their Native fount.
Photos were obtained from https://www.artsy.net/artist/zig-jackson