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Object name: A Contemporary Sioux Indian

Accession Number: 19.78

Date : 1978

Gloss: In western art the Indian is often portrayed as a character from the past. Using a realist style, Bama portrayed a contemporary Indian who maintains a relationship with the past but has to find his place in the white man's world. The message on the wall behind the subject echoes the artist's theme of the nonacceptance of Indians in mainstream American society.

Dimensions: H: 23.375 in, W: 35.375 in, Frame height: 34.5 in, Frame width: 46.625 in

Credit Line: William E. Weiss Contemporary Art Fund Purchase

Inscription: LL: Bama 78

Synopsis: Painting- A Contemporary Sioux Indian- Bama, James- oil on panel- Indian- LL: Bama 78

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