Larry McNeil

In the True Spirit of Whiteman

2002
Category: 
These prints are from the "Fly by Night Mythology" series, in which McNeil employs the mythological figure of Raven as trickster to relate his own northern and southern experiences. "Fly Don't Walk" describes the artist's experience of relocating from Alaska to San Francisco. He had a heightened awareness of the streetlight signs, realizing the ambiguity of using white man and red hand symbols to direct pedestrians. "In the True Spirit of Whiteman" is a response to a line of questioning posed by a non-Native man regarding Indigenous identity. The inquiry could be considered a slight, yet McNeil uses humour to challenge the man's comments.
Artist
Title
In the True Spirit of Whiteman
Date
2002
Medium
Photograph
Materials
ink jet print
Dimensions
86.4 x 38.1 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 2011
Accession number
43253