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Eleven Degrees of Tatanka

Jerry Fogg Artist Bio

JERRY FOGG

 

Jerry Fogg, an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe (Ihanktowan Nakota Sioux Oyate), uses his art to teach others about the culture and history of his people.  As a professional artist specializing in mixed media, he uses found objects alongside elements of his own creation, such as beadwork and painting.  Together these materials create a complex three-dimensional mixed media work.  Born in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Fogg was raised near Fort Thompson, South Dakota, on the Crow Creek Reservation.  He attended Flandreau Indian School in Flandreau, South Dakota, and Dakota State College in Madison, South Dakota.  He now resides in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  In addition to his work as a visual artist, Mr. Fogg is the lead singer and percussionist in the rock band Native Soul. 

This exhibit presents the complete catalog of Mr. Fogg’s work, including elements of previous exhibitions under the titles of 11 Degrees of Tatanka and Native Soul.  11 Degrees of Tatanka is a celebration of Yanktonia culture and was created by the artist to honor the bison.   Painted buffalo skulls, buffalo hides, and other objects are used to depict traditional elements of Nakota culture, such as the sacred pipe ceremony, the story of White Buffalo Calf Woman, and star knowledge. Also included in the exhibit is a large selection of Mr. Fogg’s mixed media work.  As a mixed media artist, Mr. Fogg uses traditional and contemporary materials in his work, blending the stories of those who came before him with his own.

Inspired by the work of Native American artists Oscar Howe (Yankton Sioux Tribe) and Donald F. Montileaux (Oglala Sioux Tribe), Mr. Fogg first began creating art while in high school.  His early work focused primarily on draftsmanship and those skills continue to comprise his work today.  As a self-taught artist, he developed his signature mixed media style through the course of experimentation over many years.  He calls this technique “Foggma”.  Early in his career, many art shows did not have a separate category for mixed media work.  As this medium became more commonplace in Native American exhibitions it eventually became a new category of art.  However, Mr. Fogg felt that this term did not adequately capture the spirit of his work.  By combining elements such as historic maps and ledgers, found militaria items, and pieces of beadwork, quillwork, or painted leather under the glass of a shadowbox, Mr. Fogg weaves together a complex visual narrative in every artwork he creates.  This creative process is fitting since his mixed media compositions often focus on significant historical events, or on a traditional story or legend of the Yanktonai people. 

 

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WIYÓȞPEYATA (WEST)

Mixed media (Foggma)

Jerry Fogg 2020

WIYÓȞPEYATA (WEST)

The burning of sage clears the room of negative energy allowing us to offer tobacco to those who have journeyed from WIYÓȞPEYATA, the west.

Facing WIYÓȞPEYATA, we respectfully offer tobacco in hopes of receiving the meaning of this sacred direction.

WIYÓȞPEYATA, shown here in the color SÁPA (black), represents the darkness created by the storms that bring life-giving water to Mother Earth.

SÁPA comes from the darkness created by the setting sun. A prayer is offered to WIYÓȞPEYATA as the sun sets on Mother Earth…

(Jerry Fogg 2020)

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WIYÓȞPEYATA (WEST)

Mixed media (Foggma)

Jerry Fogg 2020

North

WAZÍYATA (NORTH)

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

WAZÍYATA (NORTH)

The burning of sage clears the room of negative energy allowing us to offer tobacco to those who have journeyed from WAZÍYATA, the north.

Facing WAZÍYATA, we respectfully offer tobacco that will allow us to receive the meaning of this sacred direction.

WAZÍYATA is shown here in the color LÚTA (red), which is the blood of human beings that dwell upon Mother Earth.

LÚTA is the color of the sacred pipestone harvested from Mother Earth and carved into the ČHAŊNÚŊPA WAKȞÁŊ (sacred pipe) which was brought to us by the White Buffalo Calf Woman, in hopes of a better way of life…

(Jerry Fogg 2020)

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WAZÍYATA (NORTH)

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

East

WIYÓHINYANPATA (EAST)

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

WIYÓHINYANPATA (EAST)

The burning of sage clears the room of negative energy allowing us to offer tobacco to those who have journeyed from WIYÓHIŊYAŊPATA, the east

Facing WIYÓHIŊYAŊPATA, we respectfully offer tobacco that will allow us to receive the meaning of this sacred direction.

WIYÓHIŊYAŊPATA is shown here in the color ZÍ (yellow), the direction of the rising sun that is responsible for all living things on Earth.

ZÍ is the light that brings forth a new day. Traditional humans rise in the morning and offer prayers facing the dawn to give thanks for wisdom and understanding of the Great Spirit.

(Jerry Fogg 2020)

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WIYÓHINYANPATA (EAST)

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

South

ITÓKAǦATA (SOUTH)

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

ITÓKAǦATA (SOUTH)

The burning of sage clears the room of negative energy allowing us to offer tobacco to those who have journeyed from ITÓKAǦATA, the south.

Facing ITÓKAǦATA, we respectfully offer tobacco that will allow us to receive the meaning of this sacred direction.

ITÓKAǦATA is shown here in the color SKÁ (white) representing the spirit world we journey to once our given time on Mother Earth is finished.

SKÁ shines from the stars to light the way guiding us on our journey to be with the ones we honor and call ancestors. A place we can finally call home…

(Jerry Fogg 2020)

South

ITÓKAǦATA (SOUTH)

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

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South Dakota

South Dakota (Land of Oyate)

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2018 Jerry Fogg

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Even Tatanka Wi Wept

Even Tatanka Wi Wept

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

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Soldier’s Premonition

Soldier’s Premonition               

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2015 Jerry Fogg

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Don’t Fence Me In

Don’t Fence Me In

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

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Waiting

I.I.M.Waiting

Mix Media (Foggma)

© 2017 Jerry Fogg

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Relay the Oyate Way

Relay, The Oyate Way

Mix Media (Foggma)

© 2017 Jerry Fogg

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South Dakota

South Dakota (Land of Oyate)

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2018 Jerry Fogg

Even Tatanka Wi Wept

Even Tatanka Wi Wept

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

Soldier’s Premonition

Soldier’s Premonition               

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2015 Jerry Fogg

Don’t Fence Me In

Don’t Fence Me In

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

Waiting

I.I.M.Waiting

Mix Media (Foggma)

© 2017 Jerry Fogg

Relay the Oyate Way

Relay, The Oyate Way

Mix Media (Foggma)

© 2017 Jerry Fogg

Warriors

Warriors

As far back in history as we can go, there is evidence of war. Confrontation has existed for more reasons than we can count. The seven deadly sins have a lot to do with this.

Despite the reasons, good or bad, all these wars had their warriors and heroes. The Nations of this land lived together as a family would. There was no “draft, enlist, or volunteer”. If the OYÁTE (people) were threatened, all who were able took up the flight to protect themselves.

A chosen few have been idolized by the media and the writers of history for how they stood out in battle or for later speaking out on behalf of the OYÁTE (people).

Over the years, First Nation warriors have served side by side with others for the protection of this land. Those left behind, those who returned, and those who gave all – can never be honored enough, if at all.

This honors all the men and women who have taken that step forward…

(Jerry Fogg 2020)

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Warriors 2

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

Star Knowledge

Star Knowledge

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

Star Knowledge

I stand alone on prairie hill miles and miles away from anything. The breeze is warm on my face as I look up into a cloudless, dark night with no moon in sight.

As the night gets darker, I come to understand what they mean when they say, “the black of night”. I look to the heavens and see what makes a person wonder. There must be more!

Man and woman have brought together everything there is to know via the electronics in the palms of their hands. Anything we desire to know is known with just a simple request or command.

Someday I will return to that hill, look once again at the heavens, and try to understand the knowledge of the stars. I can’t get that knowledge by simply touching a screen.

(Jerry Fogg 2020)

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Star Knowledge

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

Traditions

Traditions

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

TRADITIONS

We as OYÁTE (people) live as one. Even though we are separated by distance and socio-economic status MITÁKUYE OYÁS’IŊ (we are all related). As OČHÉTHI ŠAKÓWIŊ (Seven Council Fires) people we follow the traditions handed down by our ancestors.

WAČHÁŊTOGNAKA (generosity). We host giveaways to honor someone as a means of giving back to our community. We share what we have without question.

WÓKSAPE (wisdom). Men, women, and children learned what was necessary for survival from the elders. Western religion took away our teachings so now we look to the stars for knowledge.

WÓWAČHIŊTȞAŊKA (respect). We offer tobacco to show our respect. Long ago respect was held in high regards by the OYÁTE.

WOÓHITIKE (courage). We live so we have courage. We fight to reclaim our ways, language, and teachings so we have courage. Our ancestors are silent warriors who endeavored to keep our OYÁTE alive so we could say, “This is who we are…”

(Jerry Fogg 2020)

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Traditions

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

Animals

Animals

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

ANIMALS

Long before man left a footprint on Mother Earth, the animals roamed where we now stand. Their only purpose in life was to survive and reproduce.

Upon the arrival of man, the animals become a challenge as well as providers for humans. Despite taking the ruling position away from the animals, we still relied upon them.

Humans of the Plains honored these animals, and made sure not waste any part of these creatures. They made good use of everything possible to ease their daily struggle for survival.

Out of respect for the animals, humans gave them names. They told stories and passed on legends of these animals. Presently animals are given scientific names and titles often of foreign origin.

To our Nations the animals will always be honored by the footprints we leave on Mother Earth today…

(Jerry Fogg 2020)

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Animals

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

Culture

Culture

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

CULTURE

The history of every country has its own way of expressing the things they have done, and still do today. Through the years groups of humans gathered and determined ways to make life better.

These countries boast of their successes and disguise their failures. Some have even turned against their own peoples over religion, power, or leadership disputes.

The Nations of the Plains have an understanding with nature among Mother Earth. They have turned the culture of survival into a simple way of life, with no need for advancement. Simply believing in what allows them to survive and honoring it.

The arrival of greed has almost completely changed what was never meant to be changed. A people of Mother Earth…

(Jerry Fogg 2020)

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Culture

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

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The Great Sioux Nation

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

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Let's Call the Whole Thing Off

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2019 Jerry Fogg

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Hiawatha Insane Asylum

Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2013 Jerry Fogg

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No Ears

No Ears

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2016 Jerry Fogg

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Seven Buffalo Council

Seven Buffalo Council

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

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Star Knowledge

Star Prayer

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2017 Jerry Fogg

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The Great Sioux Nation

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2019 Jerry Fogg

Hiawatha Insane Asylum

Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2013 Jerry Fogg

No Ears

No Ears

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2016 Jerry Fogg

Seven Buffalo Council

Seven Buffalo Council

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2020 Jerry Fogg

Star Knowledge

Star Prayer

Mixed Media (Foggma)

© 2017 Jerry Fogg

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