Tuscarora, b. 1956
With Anita Ferguson (top left, b. 1975)
Janice Smith (top right, b. 1961)
Mary Annette Clause (middle, b. 1958)
Judy Judware (bottom left, b. 1944)
Anita Greene (bottom right, b. 1961)
… the sky is darkening …, 2019
infused the dye on aluminum and fabric and beaded birds
Artwork courtesy of the artist, with special thanks to the Cornell University Museum of vertebrates for permission to document the passenger pigeon(Ectopistes migratorius), Cornell lab of Ornithology, 2018
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Listen to Jolene Rickard on her work
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This artwork includes beaded birds made by Haudenosaunee women, which Jolene Rickard has collected for 50 years. Rickard says she “juxtaposed them against a stark taxidermy image of the extinct passenger pigeon that was hunted to extinction at contact [with Euro-Americans]. . . . at early contact the sky would go dark from the vast flocks of pigeon overhead. The etched photograph of the taxidermy pigeon in combination with the Tuscarora beaded bird bridges the ecological and cultural space we live in now. We can’t bring the pigeon back, but we are continuing to celebrate their song, and subsequently our being, through beadwork.”