Object photography

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On View Wheatland Family Gallery, level 2

Object description

  • Mateo Romero (Cochiti pueblo, birth 1966)
  • Self-Portrait as a Pojoaque Buffalo Dancer, 1999
  • Acrylic on canvas
  • Southwestern United States
  • H: 33 in, W: 43 1/2 in, D: 1 3/8 in (H: 83.8 cm, W: 110.5 cm, D: 3.5 cm)
  • Gift from James and Margie Krebs Collection of Native American Art, 2001
  • E301823
  • Depicts ceremonial Buffalo Dance of Native American Southwest
  • Raises questions about religious intolerance

In the painting's foreground, a faceless Native dancer transforms into a Buffalo Dancer, performing a traditional ceremonial dance. By placing a Spanish Colonial Mission church in the background, Romero underscores the tension of multiple identities in contemporary Indian life. The Spanish built these churches across the American Southwest, aiming to convert Native peoples to Christianity.