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The Beginning of the End for the End of the Trail by Bently Spang
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Bently Spang (Northern Cheyenne, b. 1960)

THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR THE END OF THE TRAIL 1994
bronze/mixed media
17"x 19" x 6"

"This piece deals with a very un-funny subject, racism and the stereotypes and misconceptions that arise from it, in a way that I think is funny. These are assumptions and oppressive acts that Native people have all come up against at one time or another. They resurface on such a regular basis and have become so redundant that I can't help but laugh sometimes-only sometimes that is. I thought that if I placed those assumptions and acts in their true context, that of a child's toy (after all they are a game, right?), then perhaps people might begin to understand just how foolish they are. Or not, enit?"