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The artist writes, “There are many variations among the Native tribes of trickster spirits and the various forms they take. Most often they become fox or raven and their purpose is to teach important lessons, kind of like the fables of Aesop.

“And, like any good fable, they haunt the memory with warnings ‘not to take things at face value,’ they are metaphorical, so as to be able to embody themselves in a multitude of animate forms.

“To these Lakota youths, the movements of the trees and their deceptive shadows on the rippling stream bed could easily appear as trickster spirits behaving in a capricious mood.”

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