It’s a Fool’s World: Tales of Trickster

Coming to Trickster 3rd week of March

The trickster is a mischievous literary character whose antics involve attempts to deceive others to achieve his own selfish ends. Tricksters can be found in the folklore of cultures around the world, though it is in Native American tales that tricksters take center stage. This exhibition explores just what a trickster is, and the many roles this complex character can fill. These roles are illustrated not only through entertaining tales from native North America, but through examples of tricksters from a variety of cultures, demonstrating the true universality of the character. This exhibit will be produced with the help of students from the Illinois Institute of Art: Schaumburg.

Jessica Clark

Coming to Trickster in May – 3rd week of July

Jessica Clark is a resident of NC and is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of NC.  She earned a Bachelor of Art in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design.  Jessica has exhibited in numerous shows in the Southeast, and her work is included in the collections of the Museum of the Southeast American Indian, Savannah College of Art and Design- Lacoste, France and the Federal Reserve Bank in Charlotte.

Her work concentrates on documenting, preserving and educating her viewers on Southeastern Native American identity.  She was profiled in the Winter 2014 issue of First American Art Magazine, named a ‘2014 Woman to Watch’ at the Eighth Annual Conference of American Indian Women of Proud Nations, was a 2015 Joan Mitchell Visual Arts Scholar, featured in the Winter 2015/16 issue of First American Art and is a 2016 Golden Educator Resident. She is employed by the Public Schools of Robeson County where she teaches Visual Arts and has a 15-year old son.

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

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.

Native Pop Art

Coming to Trickster in November – 3rd week of January

Pop art in the Native world. See work from many Native artists using the Pop Art style. This show has traveled all over the US.