Corn Maiden #26
Jason Garcia (American, b. 1973)
DimensionsPlate : 20 x 15 7/8 in. (50.8 x 40.32 cm)
Sheet : 24 x 19 in. (60.96 x 48.26 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelArtist Jason Garcia is a Tewa Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo in northern New Mexico. Descended from a long line of artists, Garcia explores the continuities and contradictions that exist between historical and contemporary Tewa culture. This print depicts a young Tewa woman wearing the traditional ceremonial costume for the Corn Dance, an annual harvest festival that has been celebrated in Santa Clara Pueblo for centuries. Rather than showing the young woman performing the dance, the image shows her taking a selfie with her cell phone, perhaps to share with her friends on social media. The silhouettes of a television antenna and satellite dish visible in the background further remind us that Native Americans are not exotic remnants from a bygone age, but in fact are still present, participating in and relevant to 21st-century American culture.