In celebration of the exhibition, The Met Store is pleased to offer Trade Canoe: A Western Fantasy, a 2015 limited-edition print by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.
Smith is an award-winning artist and curator whose work is in the Met Museum and other important permanent collections. She is an enrolled Salish member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana.
Her heritage plays a prominent role in her art, in which she uses a combination of representational and abstract imagery to express aspects of Native identity. She describes Trade Canoe as “a canoe laden with gifts.”
The spirited lithograph shows a large canoe filled with American Indian figures and totems, as well as animals and plants. This new print relates directly to Trade (Gifts for Trading Land with White People), a large mixed-media canvas made in 1992 by Smith, which is currently on view in the Met’s extraordinary Plains Indians exhibition.
Smith created the original Trade as a commentary on the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in North America. Using layered images (comics, a canoe, photos, paper ephemera), paint, and real objects such as Native-themed souvenirs and baseball caps, she explores the historic inequities between the U.S. government and Native peoples. Smith continues this intriguing dialogue in Trade Canoe.
Trade Canoe was printed by the renowned Landfall Press of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is available in an edition of 40. Our thanks to Accola Griefen Gallery in New York for helping to arrange The Met Store’s offering of this wonderful print.