Within the stories of many cultures throughout the world, there exists a figure meant to create and provoke thought. This figure is often known at the trickster. In the stories of the Plains tribes, the trickster often appears as a coyote; the silhouette of which is represented on the gallery’s logo.
The name trickster carries profound meaning. In Native American culture, a trickster is a spiritual and cultural educator. The trickster of the past taught life principles, and at times worked through levity and jokes. In the world of today, the trickster wishes to teach us another truth: the impact that art, both Native and non-Native, has had in shaping our mutual cultures.
The Trickster Art Gallery derives its name from this figure because the Native American community welcomes the idea of thought, cultural sharing, and interactions teaching understanding about modern Native society. The gallery is a where the Native voice can be seen and heard, and where visitors are invited to celebrate this living culture through the lenses of contemporary artists. Trickster Art Gallery honors the past by sharing the present day lives of Native people, while projecting ideals for future generations.