Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'Intersections: Native American Art in a New Light'; Peabody Essex Museum; 2006 through 2012.
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Object description

  • Harry Fonseca (Nisenan, Maidu, Hawaiian and Portuguese, 1946-2006)
  • Coyote with Flag, 1987
  • Watercolor and glitter on paper
  • California, United States, (lived and worked in Santa Fe, New Mexico)
  • H: 13 3/4 in, W: 10 7/8 in (H: 34.9 cm, W: 27.6 cm)
  • Gift from James and Margie Krebs Collection of Native American Art, 2001
  • E301828
  • Portrays Coyote, the trickster of many Native cultures
  • Takes light-hearted view of being both Native American and American

Coyote, the iconic Native trickster, is at once playful, persistent, and clever. Here, the folk hero wears two quintessential symbols, an American flag and an Indian feather headdress. In this way, the artist is using Coyote to explore the complex identities of Native people.


LR in ink 'Fonesca 87'


This watercolor and ink on paper depicts a coyote sitting "Indian style" with his legs crossed and looking to the side. The coyote is wearing an American flag in the manner of a Navajo shoulder blanket. Coyote also wears a feather headdress and sneakers and carries a tomahawk. The paper is bare, except for the watercolor image of the seated Coyote painted with brown, beige, blue, black and red watercolor with ink outlines. Areas of the flag and Coyote's sneakers are accented with clear glitter.

Exhibition History

  • Intersections, Native American Art in a New Light, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; June 24, 2006 through November 27, 2011