The Watchful Fox, Chief of the Tribe with Tinselled Buck no. 4,520
- Kent Monkman, Metis, Fisher River Band, Canadian, b. 1965
- Born: Ontario
- Work Locations: Toronto, ON
Kent Monkman (Fisher River Band Cree), The Watchful Fox, Chief of the Tribe with Tinselled Buck no. 4,520, 2008. Acrylic paint on canvas; 30 x 24 in. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2015.657
Here Monkman revisits a subject by the painter George Catlin, but added into the background a character of his own invention, “Tinselled Buck”. The primary figure is faithful to the stoic Catlin rendering while the figure in the background is whimsical and flamboyant. The ghost-like image is a reminder of the historical presence of two-spirit, or gender variant, individuals and a recognition of their erasure by both Native and non-Native artists.