Ricardo Cate is a man of many gifts and activities: master cartoonist, filmmaker, artist, teacher and stand-up comic.
His cartoons are regularly published in Santa Fe’s newspaper and always reflect “the irony native people feel and express in humor”, according to a peer.
His colorful paintings are original cartoons made for us, and are hilarious, with a message.
Here he takes on the current craze for buffalo meat in trendy cafes and restaurants.
Plains Indians survived and thrived on buffalo meat for a millennium.
The idea of people now ordering farmed buffalo burgers, etc., in a restaurant, after the great herds were just about decimated by white settlers, is truly ironic.
With vibrant color and a wickedly accurate wit, he shows us a Native customer, seated on a rock, in front of a tree-stump table.
The waiter, deerskin towel over his arm tells him his order is delayed.
In the distance we see a hunter, on foot, racing in the wake of a running buffalo!
This is hilarious, with that ironic humor all of us can enjoy.