Ricardo Cate and friends

Ricardo Cate grew up on the Kewa reservation in New Mexico, learning about the white culture through television.  He has been a cartoonist for the Santa Fe New Mexican since 2006 drawing his cartoon "Without Reservations", and has a radio show in Santa Fe. Most of us look at everyday life, shrug and move on. Ricardo looks under the surface and sees life—often funny, sometimes poignant but never commonplace-as the product of competing values, experiences and perspectives.

Cate imagines a world in which wild animals are the schemers and the predators and hapless humans are the prey. Cate has the audacity to ask: what if the world were flat? The answer is disarmingly simple in Cate's mind. His cartoon pictures Columbus sailing right over the edge, and readers get the idea that's not necessarily a bad thing.

View some of his cartoons "Without Reservations"

In this excerpt Cate talks about growing up on the reservation, and the difficult time he had moving into what he calls the dominant culture.

Runs. 36:55

In this excerpt Cate talksabout balancing duties as a tribal official, a father and learning to be a cartoonist.

Runs: 22:13

Media contact: Karen Wentworth (505) 277-5627; e-mail: kwent2@unm.edu