Juane Quick-to-See SmithU.S. b. 1940
Sticky Mouth 2002.0004
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith frequently bases her subjects on iconic Native American animal imagery, such as the horse or buffalo, and mixes them with text, collaged motifs, and pictograms. In Sticky Mouth, which is the Flathead expression for "bear," Smith surrounds the animal with images relating to Indian culture, constructing a morality tale that requires deciphering. Smith, who calls herself a harbinger, a mediator, and a bridge builder has said, "I go from one community with messages from the other, and I try to enlighten people." Born in Montana and raised on the Flathead Reservation, Smith is of Salish, French, Cree, and Shoshone heritage. She addresses the myths of her ancestors in the context of current issues and problems facing Native Americans, tackling tough subjects such as the destruction of the environment, the governmental oppression of Native American cultures, and the persistent myths of cultural identity.
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