In 2013, I was asked to paint one of five murals on the Nevada Fine Arts building in Reno, NV. It was a true honor, and it only hailed on us once.
Coyote'tat is a mural that is inspired by my interest in Native American myth and culture. For the local tribes that once inhabited the area where I grew up, including the Paiute, Washoe, and Navajo, Coyote was considered to be a god, the god that most resembled humans in all their conniving, clumsy, and resilient ways.
In our current society, we do not look to nature as a sacred teacher, and instead seek to dominate, control and ultimately destroy it. My sentiment about the aggressive attitudes towards nature such as "combating climate change" rather than "adapting to climate change" is one of distrust, and dismay. Coyote'tat is a spin on the French phrase "coup d'etat" which means an overthrow of the government. Do I genuinely think we should overthrow our government? Not necessarily... but if I were a coyote, I would probably think so. If I were Coyote, I would at least be asking our government to shut up, sit back, and listen.
Photos by Matt McIver
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