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Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo, b. 1962)

THE COW WOMAN ISN'T AMUSED 1993
earthenware 20" x 21" x 13"

"Humor can be painful when the statement made is serious. The Pueblo Indians have had ways in which to relay important messages and warnings through gestures. The Cow Woman Isn't Amused is a gesture expressing the upset feelings of cows. Americans tend to only use the cow for sustenance as if this was something that is owed them or they have a right to without any gratitude, reverence, or honor. Being half human/half cow, the cow woman hopes to receive some empathy."