The positive reactions from family members seeing his drawings gave Yellowjohn the satisfaction needed to keep going. "I had a gift and wanted to spread that same joy to people." Raised near a small community called Usk, Washington, Yellowjohn quickly gained an interest in free-hand illustration, relaying ideas blossoming from imagination to paper. Now, Yellowjohn shows the world his art while sharing his story and spreading inspiration and awareness of the issues that Indigenous people face in modern society. Today... READ MORE


Elsewhere in the exhibit find cartoonist Ricardo Caté (Santo Domingo Pueblo) and illustrator Chad Browneagle (Shoshone Bannock/Spokane)—whose caricatures of notable living Native artists whose works are also in the exhibit, like Jason Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo) and Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), are not only spot-on but quite funny... READ MORE

By Alex De Vore  Nov 19, 2019

DECOLONIZING THE EXHIBITION: Imagining Indigenous Futures

"Artist and Activist Chad Browneagle masterfully mobilizes popular culture to affirm the perseverance survival of Native peoples and to establish support for current efforts to eliminate violence against Native bodies and lands. Through comparison of the protests at Standing Rock to Star Wars, Chad Browneagle creates an ethos of rebellion for the young Native protesters. He also makes Indigenous protest more intelligible to outsiders, nesting this movement in a familiar pop culture context . In the work, Browneagle renders a crowd of water protecters, including some of his friends from the Institute of American Indian Arts"

Shreya Suresh

Diverse Dialogues

NEW SHOW AT Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Speak Truth To Power

Chad Browneagle (Shoshone-Bannock/Spokane), a senior at IAIA, is featured in the school's annual BFA show, hosted at MoCNA; he was also one of eight activists arrested during the 2017 Entrada protest. "For me, art and activism go hand-in-hand," Browneagle says. "I guess I feel obligated to take a political approach, not out of spite or revenge, but out of respect for my culture and for my elders." Browneagle's intricately drawn "America's Great Again" is pointedly political. Rendered in skinny strokes of colored marker and pen, the work depicts a Native warrior on a horse, machine gun in hand. Tied to his saddle are Star Wars Storm Trooper helmets, and just behind those, the severed head of Donald Trump. In his artist statement, Browneagle describes it as "a response to the actions against Indigenous people, other minorities, and most importantly against women."... READ MORE

By Iris Mclister  February 13, 2018