Survey: Most Native American Art Made by White Men with Ponytails


SANTA FE, NM – A recent survey conducted by the University of New Mexico has discovered 75% of art labeled as “Native American Art” is made by white men with ponytails.

“I want to be perfectly clear, I’m not saying that white men make the best Native American art, I’m not saying that at all. What I am saying is that white men with ponytails make a whole lot of art that they call ‘Native America,’” said UNM professor of Fine Art, Gail Riviera. “We found that most ‘Native America art’ you find at craft shows or at farmers markets is made by some white guy with a ponytail in Santa Fe or Sedona. Also, we found that the people that buy this ‘Native American art’ made by white men with ponytails are white men with ponytails. It’s a cycle of white men with ponytails making and buying inauthentic Native American Art. And again, to be clear, the best and obviously most authentic Native American art if made by actual Native Americans. But that doesn’t seem to be of any interest to white men with ponytails.”

The survey results come as little shock to Native Americans.

“We know,” said Navajo artist, Kenneth Begay. “We know. We stopped trying to tell white people things a long time ago. I’m not sure why white men with ponytails want to be Native American so bad. As an artist though I do wish their art was better. No respectful Native artist would use that much turquoise.”


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