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I'm Too Fancy for my Shawl depicts a colorful portrait of a Comanche woman and her vibrant shawl. Prior to contact with Europeans, the overwhelming majority of Indigenous nations were matriarchal. While the Comanche are patriarchal, in many Indigenous nations women often occupied positions of political authority. Today, their inherent beauty, leadership, and guidance is essential as we collectively forge ahead as the Comanche nation. Contemporary Comanche women active in politics, academia, business, the arts, and Indigenous activism provided the inspiration for this piece.

Filled with symbolism and meaning, Tippeconnic’s paintings highlight the strength, beauty, and grace of the Comanche past and present. The paintings are rich with history and the unbroken connection the Comanche people have with their roots, but they are not romanticized or stagnant expressions of a bygone era. Rather, Tippeconnic’s art is full of movement, color, and life — a bold statement that Comanche culture is vibrantly alive in the modern world.
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