Up to his old tricks
Whatever he’s called — Coyote, Manapoose, or Rabbit — the trickster has a storied history among Native American tribes. He scams the high and mighty and levels mountains and reverses rivers as cosmic jokes. As an equalizer between the sacred and the profane, the haves and the have-nots, he is an essential part of Native American humor and mythology.
The trickster is also the subject of a lively new show at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts called
First Laugh. For a good example of what the museum is up to, look no further than James Jordan’s ... So Coyote
Takes Sherman Alexie Into This Gay Bar ..., which shows a bespectacled coyote luring the well-known Spokane/Coeur d’Alene tragicomic writer through the swinging doors of a bar called The Pink Boote.
Other artists featured in the show include Marcus Amerman, Bryon Archuleta, Marcus Cadman, Linley B. Logan, Ira Lujan, Larry McNeil, America Meredith, Henry Payer, Monte Singer, Jacqueline Smith, and Brando Williams.
The exhibit opens with a noon reception on Saturday, May 29, at the museum’s Lloyd Kiva New Gallery and museum store (108 Cathedral Place; 983-8900). The show runs through July 11.
Henry Payer: Horsin’ Around, acrylic on canvas