The Dimmer Twins (Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley of The Drive-By Truckers - Printed by Standard Deluxe.
Normally I talk about the artist - more than the art. But because of the subject matter of this poster -- I have been accused of cultural appropriation. Which I understand – at surface level, most creations come from somewhere. The story behind this art may help clarify a little. I had a great books professor in college who was a real influence on my thinking. We were reading Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko. Which lead my professor to talk about the roles of women in Native American cultures - she tended to expand discussions into larger contexts. She told us a story about Woman Chief (Godasiyo) - an Iroquois story about the leadership of women being unifying and peaceful and when she left, tribes fragmented and fought and couldn’t understand each others languages and lost their direction. Iroquois women had social equality and respect that was not shared by colonial women. They could however not be chief. War bonnets are only to be worn by those who are highly respected, have earned the right to, are leaders and are male, usually chiefs. I never intended this as an appropriation or an affront, but as an illustration of a mythical goddess pointing to a new direction - new land - new horizons, within a more modern American context.