Bear in the City

In Jillian Youngbird’s exploration of her Native American heritage and art, it became clear that there is an expectation of what Indian art should look like, and a reality of the current state of Indian art.

In her Animal Head series, she was interested in making masks that reflect contemporary ideas, and current stereotypes using found materials and a touch of humor. The process of Bear in the City consisted of several layers. Hunting and gather materials, constructing the head, performing with it in the community and then documenting these performances.

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Jillian Youngbird is a multi-media artist living and working in Kansas City. Using mostly recycled  or found materials, she creates works dealing with her concerns and curiosity of nature, American history, folklore, and Native American culture. By working in this public format she hopes to bring Native American thought to our Downtown KC community.

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