Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Cynomys ludovicianus (Ord)
With the advent of settler colonialism, the prairie dog’s status on the Great Plains has been nearly as tenuous as that of the American Bison and Native Americans. Ranchers, especially, have waged constant war against these critters: “They have a bagful of grain hanging from their saddle horns, and whenever they see a prairie-dog hole they toss a handful of oats in it, like a kind little old lady feeding the pigeons in one of your city parks. Only the oats for the prairie dogs are poisoned with strychnine. What happens to the prairie dog after he has eaten this grain is not a pleasant thing to watch. The prairie dogs are poisoned, because they eat grass. A thousand of them eat up as much grass in a year as a cow. So if the rancher can kill that many prairie dogs he can run one more head of cattle, make a little more money.” (Fire & Erdoes, Lame Deer: Seeker of Visions).
Artemisia ludoviciana (Nuttall)
This is the ceremonial plant of many Great Plains tribes: “Leaves and stems burned as incense and used for ‘smudging.’ That is, the sage is burned and the smoke breathed in, and wafted all over the body to purify one's self.” (L. Black Elk, “Culturally Important Plants of the Lakota”).
For this collection, the artist would like to acknowledge the following people:
Thomas Gannon, Associate Professor, English and Ethnnic Studies, UNL for writing the accompanying texts. Sofía F. Echeverry for her work as studio assistant.
Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez is a Colombo-American, mid-career artist with an interdisciplinary practice. She grew up in Colombia as the child of a Colombian and a United States citizen and migrated to the US as an adult. Her art is about the curious and intense experience of having physically migrated, yet still having a piece of herself rooted in Colombia. She is creating an intersectional feminist visual novel that is a multifaceted project comprised of paintings, sculptures, objects, and mixed media that together—and in different voices—weave a synchronicity of dialogues, passages, and punctuations about hybridity and cultural ownership.