Comic Book Heroes As Native American Traditional Art

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Native American artist Jeffrey Veregge, a member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe who is also of Suquamish and Duwamish tribal ancestry, puts a modern twist on traditional art by creating this series of comic book heroes. Veregge grew up on a reservation near Kingston, Washington called Little Boston where he, like most boys, developed a love for superheroes and toys, but also for traditional art. Combining his passions for comic books, TV, and film with his artistic talents (an honors graduate from the Art Institute of Seattle) and Native perspective, Veregge’s minimalist designs perfectly represent each character.

Veregge explains:

I am simply a Native American artist, whose creative mantra in best summed up with a word from my tribe’s own language as: “taʔčaʔx̣ʷéʔtəŋ” which means “get into trouble”…Basically I am just trying to have fun and get back to that kid that went to art school to begin with, wanting to create artwork that I want to see and make just for the hell of it.

For the past ten years, he has been Lead Designer/Studio Manager for a media agency that specializes in Non-Profits. Check out more of his Jeffrey Veregge’s designs on his website.

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  1. Clark Curtin

    OK, this is a kind of tongue in cheek thing, but with all the outrage about team mascots denigrating Indians, where does this guy get off denigrating our comic book heroes? Fair is fair. Why does it appear that only white people can be guilty of racism.

  2. Fox

    These are really amazing!

    (And… “kind of tongue in cheek…” You either mean what you are saying or you don’t. He isn’t denigrating comic book heroes. In no way is he portraying them negatively, just interpreting them with visual symbols from his culture. There is a big difference between groups of actual people that have been subjected to colonialism continually being portrayed as stereotypes than groups of imaginary superheroes who are not real people being reimagined through another culture’s lens.)

  3. Dana

    These are gorgeous! I’m not sure how he’d feel about making them into Tshirts, but I’d like to think there are comic-book geeks who would love them.

    Clark, you might as well rewrite that entire comment as “I’m just a dumb racist. Please ban me.” It’s not funny, you’re not clever, and thanks for throwing mud on someone else’s beauty. Now please go jump in front of an oncoming train and do the world a favor.

    Sincerely, Another white person who is fed the hell up with white people leaving stupid insensitive comments on any discussion that even touches on race, anywhere. The only reason anyone has a “race card” to play is WE keep leaving it on the damn TABLE.

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