Marvin Jim (b. 1966) and Grace Begay (Navajo, Native American), Changing Woman to the Bear, 2006, wood and pigment, 16-1/2 x 7-1/2 x 5-1/4 inches, gift of James R. Nolan, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 2013.3.1
Do you know why animals are depicted standing upright in Navajo kachinas? Have you heard about the legendary skin-walkers? Did you know that the woman who changed into a bear is from the Navajo creation story?
If you want to learn more about the kachinas that are in the exhibition, Contemporary Kachinas from the UW Art Museum Collection, and the stories behind them, you can turn to the FREE cell phone audio tour that's available. If you're at the Art Museum visiting, you can call 307-200-0040 from your cell phone and enter the prompt number that's listed on the label by these objects.
When you see this symbol in the gallery next to a work of art, you know there is a cell phone audio tour that you can listen to.
So the next time you visit and have questions about why there is a badger dressed as a cowboy, grab your cell phone and start dialing!