Coyote Now


Sep 3, 2018 to Oct 21, 2018


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A trickster. A hero. A buffoon. A creator of stars and lakes. Coyote has played all of these roles throughout North American indigenous folklore. What is he up to in 2018?


This floor-to-ceiling interactive art installation by Washington-based indigenous artist RYAN! Fedderson follows the modern day adventures of Coyote. Fedderson invites visitors to color in the drawings using handmade crayons shaped to look like coyote bones.


Feddersen is known for her playful, humorous style that honors an indigenous perspective. Visitors will also find the trickster Coyote playing a part in modern-day dramas, like the fixed 1919 World Series.


Straddling the future and tradition, even the coloring implements are a part of the story. In the same Okanagan Tribal tales, Coyote can be brought back to life if any scrap of him (i.e. bones, fur, or body) remains after his death. Feddersen created the Coyote bones – handmade crayons– so that the drawings would symbolically become the fragments of Coyote’s remains needed to bring him back to life.


Admission $8-10, children under 5 FREE


View map Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
705 Front St.
Santa Cruz, CA

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