“Say what you will about the stereotypical imagery or the fashion in which Indians promoted their products, there are still Indian people . . . who love and ride Indian motorcycles,” said White Wolf James, a Pomo Cherokee who hails from Mendocino County, California to IndyStar.com.
James is the Eiteljorg’s assistant curator of Native American art, history and culture. He told IndyStar.com that the exhibit is about the intersection between American Indian culture and the emergence of the motorcycle in the 20th century as an iconic means of self-expression.
Featured in the exhibit will be bikes such as the bike built by Troy Vargas of Lakota Choppers that incorporates hide, wood and stone, or the board-track racer built by Daniel Sanchez, Apache, that will be unveiled at the exhibit. Sanchez will be at the museum on April 14.
Note: A person could be a Pomo/Cherokee Indian, but not a Pomo Cherokee.
For a previous Eiteljorg exhibit, see Black/Red: Related Through History.