Say "superhero" and people usually think of Superman, Batman or Captain America. But Native cultures have their own superheroes, from real-life men and women who left their marks on history to animals with special abilities to characters created by contemporary American Indian artists. "At some point, it dawned on me there were a number of Native American artists whose work I admire, taking the theme of superheroes in different ways, and I started to think that there could be an exhibit," curator Ann Marshall said. "We had so much fun with the Lego exhibition and saw that in the heat of a Phoenix summer, it's nice to have a place where families can go, have a good time, learn some new things and see some new things. The exhibition parses the definition of superhero. One section features American Indian artists who re-imagine imagery from well-known comic books. It includes a jar by artist Jason Garcia that depicts the cover of "Tribal Force," the first comic book with an all-American Indian team of superheroes, created by Jon Proudstar and published in 1996 by Mystic Comics. The section also features Superman re-imagined as Cherokee by artist Tom Farris. and the Powerpuff Girls cartoon characters fighting crime in a New Mexico pueblo, by artist Dominique Reano. "We looked at the term superhero in a pretty broad way," Marshall said. "We have the tradition of animal superheroes in Native American lore, and then the real superheroes. We didn't want to overlook the impressive achievements of American Indians that are important and deserve the title of superhero. Another section features graphic-novel superheroes, including Theo Tso's Captain Paiute and Arigon Starr's Super Indian. After eating tainted commodity cheese, Super Indian gained impressive strength, supersonic hearing, a heightened sense of smell and the ability to breath fire. "I started reading comics as a kid," Starr said, "and my mom and dad encouraged it, so I grew up reading everything I could, buying Superman, Batman, Archie at the drugstore. I thought, 'Wouldn't it be funny if there was a Native superhero. Starr wrote some scripts about Super Indian and tested them in 2007 during a live-audience radio show for "Native Voices at the Autry," a program of the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles. Source: www.azcentral.com
It includes a jar by artist Jason Garcia that depicts the cover of "Tribal Force," the first comic book with an all-American Indian team of superheroes, created by Jon Proudstar and published in 1996 by Mystic Comics. The section also features Superman
Jon Proudstar pondered that thought for a long time before deciding that instead of being another woulda-coulda-shoulda potential whose dreams remained unfulfilled, he'd bring his to reality. At age 47. In a comic book for Native American youth. His
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This work takes an in-depth look at the world of comic books through the eyes of a Native American reader and offers frank commentary on the medium's cultural representation of the Native American people. It addresses a range of portrayals, from the bloodthirsty barbarians and noble savages of dime novels, to formulaic secondary characters and sidekicks, and, occasionally, protagonists sans paternal white hero, examining how and why Native Americans have been consistently marginalized and misrepresented in comics. Chapters cover early representations of Native Americans in popular culture and newspaper comic strips, the Fenimore Cooper legacy, the "white" Indian, the shaman, revisionist portrayals, and Native American comics from small publishers, among other topics.
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