Coyote Now

Part graphic novel, part coloring book, this immersive installation brings the adventures of Coyote to life.

Exhibited from August 3rd, 2018 – October 21, 2018

You may have heard of Coyote’s epic feats, but what is he up to now?


Part graphic novel, part coloring book, this immersive installation brings the adventures of Coyote to life. From land use and climate change to our relationship with nature and technology, Coyote’s tale helps us explain our current world.

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This floor-to-ceiling interactive art installation by Washington-based indigenous artist RYAN! Feddersen brings Coyote into the modern day adventures of the 21st century. Feddersen invites visitors to color in the drawings using handmade crayons shaped to look like coyote bones.

Feddersen is known for her playful, humorous style that honors an indigenous perspective. Straddling the future and tradition, even the coloring implements are a part of the story. In the same Okanagan Tribal tales, Coyote can be brought back to life if any scrap of him (i.e. bones, fur, or body) remains after his death. Feddersen created the Coyote bones – handmade crayons– so that the drawings would symbolically become the fragments of Coyote’s remains needed to bring him back to life.

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RYAN! Feddersen

Artist

RYAN! Feddersen

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Reviews

"...from a smattering of political commentary to commemorative initials in hearts, it’s a living representation of individual creativity and modern-day society."

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"A member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville, she places the Native American trickster animal (whose missteps are meant as lessons in what to avoid) in contemporary conundrums."

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