Decolonizer - Bunky Echo-Hawk Artist Series Bat
Artist Notes: "This bat is my personal favorite. It features paint splatters, an ode to my drop cloth and painter pants. Together, the splatters on my jeans and drop cloth represent places Iʼve been, paintings Iʼve created, and stories that Iʼve illustrated. The word written on the bat is a sentiment embraced by many; we must de-colonize to protect our culture for future generations. This means that we must once again become fluent in our language and culture, and adapt to this changing world through a modern indigenous lens. Just as a bat is a tool used to score and ultimately win, so is the process of decolonization." - Bunky Echo-Hawk (Pawnee/Yakama)
These bats were painted live at Warstic's 2018 Tulsa Sandlot game. A portion of the auction proceeds will go to the American Indian Stic Warriors Fund, and used to benefit the Mose YellowHorse Memorial Field in Pawnee, Oklahoma.
Currently residing in Pawnee, Bunky Echo-Hawk is an internationally known visual artist whose work is featured in gallery and museum exhibitions throughout the U.S. and overseas. Widely collected, his paintings are held in numerous private, public, corporate, non-profit and Tribal collections. He has worked with Nike, serving as the Design Consultant for the Nike N7 line since 2011, and recently partnered with Pendleton Woolen Mills to create a blanket for the American Indian College Fund. Through his art and strategic partnerships, he has aided in raising millions of dollars for Indian Country.
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