The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 29, 2024

Coyote in Quarantine

Coyote in Quarantine

(Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation, b. 1940)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

An active environmentalist, Quick-to-See Smith made a pledge along with some other Native American artists to limit the use of toxic materials and other pollutants in making art.


Salish and Kootenai artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith often references animals with connections to the deep history of Native American culture in her works. Of the coyote, she writes: “It is said that the Human Beings were created when Coyote turned on the light; or when Otter brought daubs of earth to the surface of the water to form the land; or when Turtle raised its back. That was the beginning of our time—of we, the Human Beings. These creation stories draw parallels to Adam and Eve in the garden and are just as powerful.” The idea of a coyote in hiding came about before the 2020 pandemic, but quickly evolved into an image addressing the prolonged isolation the global population was then experiencing.
  • {{cite web|title=Coyote in Quarantine|url=false|author=Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Tamarind Institute|year=2020|access-date=29 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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