Telling many Magpies, Telling Black Wolf, Telling Hachivi

Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds, Native American (Cheyenne and Arapaho Nation), born 1954. Published by Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia.


Screenprint diptych

Image (overall, approx): 6 feet 5/16 inches × 45 1/8 inches (183.7 × 114.6 cm) Image and sheet (top sheet): 35 × 45 inches (88.9 × 114.3 cm) Image and sheet (bottom sheet): 38 × 45 inches (96.5 × 114.3 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of the Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, in memory of Anne d'Harnoncourt, 2009

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Heap of Birds’s work addresses the stereotyping and appropriation of Native American culture in American society. Through his largely word-based art, the artist seeks to eradicate racist and romantic conceptions of Indians and reveal the more complex realities of contemporary Native American experience. The title of this print refers to the oral history tradition among Native Americans: Many Magpies (manifest here as abstracted bird forms) was the name of the artist’s great-great-grandfather, a Cheyenne chief, also known as Heap of Birds; Black Wolf was the artist’s great-grandfather; and Hachivi (Hock E Aye Vi) is the artist.