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"I GOT TO THE POW WOW AROUND FIVE; TOOK MY SUITCASE AND STARTED TO PUT ON MY OUTFIT AND ROACH..." "A ROACH?" "HEY MAN, DID YOU SAY YOU FOUND A ROACH?"

Gail Tremblay (Onondaga-Micmac, b. 1945)

IN SEARCH OF THE ULTIMATE ROACH JOKE 1993
earthenware 20" x 21" x 13"

"In the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, there are four meanings for the word 'roach.' While one does talk about hair, none exactly describes the porcupine hair headdress which, in English, indigenous Americans call a roach...The piece which I made for this exhibit plays on three different meanings in common usage, and pokes a bit of fun at the way lack of familiarity with an indigenous American cultural context, in certain situations, creates nonsense."