Oneka M. Jones

oneka-jonesComing to Trickster in August – 3rd week of October

My name is Oneka M. Jones. I am an enrolled Citizen of the Temoak Tribe of Western Shoshone, and a descendant of the Northern Paiute. I grew up on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation of the Western Shoshone and Northern Paiute peoples, on the Northern Nevada/Southern Idaho border. I was raised by my parents, with my sister and two brothers. Our childhood was beautiful; filled with love, laughter, hunting, fishing, and everything associated with the outdoors. We have a very large family there, I am grateful to have had a close relationship with my paternal Grandmother, and to this day, aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins.

We moved 100 miles south to Elko, Nevada when I was 12, where our lives still revolved around love, family and the outdoors. My family background, is one of great artistic ability. I’m grateful I inherited it, as I am self-taught. Both of my parents have always encouraged us to be creative, whenever we had the chance. I have always had passion for Western Shoshone art, ranging from my own jewelry making to fashion design.

I am a passionate woman, and painting gives me an outlet to express that. As I have the privilege to paint, I am thrilled to be able to represent my own, The Western Shoshone and Northern Paiute people.“My passion for vivid and color rich painting is the way I give my Western Shoshone ancestors a voice, share my culture with the world, and to bring the outside, in.” –Oneka Jones

Native POP!

Coming to Trickster in November – 3rd week of January

Native Pop is a travelling exhibition of a collective of Native American pop artists. The exhibition is meant to show that not only are Native Americans still around and relevant, but that they are capable of producing quality contemporary art that is provocative and intelligent. By offering fresh, contemporary Native perspectives, the collective works to dispel stereotypes attached to indigenous art, primarily the conflation of all Indian art as Southwestern art and the notion that it consists solely of traditional crafts. Rather, Native Pop is reappropriating indigenous imagery that has been distorted by the mainstream Western culture while presenting such imagery through a distinctly Western artistic style. In this way, these artists craft their own identity consisting of an interchange and syncretism between Native and non-Native contemporary American culture. Native Pop is also a form of art activism, providing a platform for Native Americans to comment on the social justice issues facing them today. Overall, the show is meant to stimulate thought on the way native art is perceived, primarily to change the notion that native art and culture is static and unchanging, and, rather, to show that the artistic expression of native culture, like all cultures, is fluid and variable.

Founded two years ago primarily by Brent Learned (Cheyenne/Arapahoe) and Joe Hopkins (Muscogee Creek/Seminole), the collective features some of the best pop artists in Native circles, several of which have previously been featured at Trickster before, including Bunky Echo-Hawk (Yakama/Pawnee), George Curtis Levi (Cheyenne), and Oneka M. Jones (Temock Tribe of Western Shoshone/Northern Paitue). Other notable Native pop artists include Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw), Joshua Garrett (Seminole/Creek/Kiowa), J. NiCole Hatfield (Comanche/Kiowa), and Mallory Thomas (Osage, Cherokee, Crow, Blackfoot). Check out the Native POP! Facebook page here.

Larry Yazzie & Native Pride Dancers

Coming to Trickster various dates, 2017

Two-time World Champion Fancy Dancer and member of The Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa/Meskwaki. Larry Yazzie is the founder and Artistic Director for Native Pride Arts. His repertoire includes performances at the Olympics, The Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian Institute. Larry has performed all over the world and won many awards for his dancing. As an international lecturer, dancer, and educator, he has earned the reputation for being one of the nation’s leading experts on Native American dance. In May, 2010 he and his son Jessup were the sole U.S. performers invited for performances and workshops throughout northern France.

He founded Native Pride Arts to give back to his community and to the world. “By sharing life stories through music, dance and storytelling, we nurture meaningful communication among all people.”

Larry’s goal is to share cultural traditions through artist-in-residency performances, workshops, lectures, classroom instruction and performances enhancing access to diverse, multicultural artists for people of all ages and backgrounds. His warm, enthusiastic spirit truly reflects the beauty of Indigenous people. Following the tradition of his elders, he is giving back, enriching the lives of all audiences for generations to come.