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Step 3 contrasting native past and present

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Liz Feller


A Contemporary Si...
Bama, James | Painting | oil...
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19.78 | 1978 | H: 23.375 in, W: 35.375 in, Frame height: 34.5 in, Frame width: 46.625 in | A Contemporary Sioux Indian | William E. Weiss Contemporary Art Fund Purchase | 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. | LL: Bama 78 | 19.78.jpg | 19.78.jpg | 19.78.JPG | Indian | Painting | oil on panel | Bama, James

NA.507.89
Cree | Chippewa | Rocky Boy'...
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NA.507.89 | ca. 1986 | circumference: 8.5 in | Ritual and Recreational Toys. Tennis ball completely covered with beaded buckskin, design motifs include an orange turtle with irridescent brown center, an orange tipi with light blue door and two sizes if diamond designs in royal blue, maroon, clear green, light blue, orange and irridescent borwn all on a white ground. | The Anguish of Snails: Volume 2, Folklore in the West; by Barre Toelken; Utah State University Press, Logan Utah; 2003; page 60 | na.507.89.jpg | NA.507.89dtl.JPG | NA.507.89.JPG | turtle | tipi | Diamond | door | ball | glass beads | tennis ball | rubber | Cree | Chippewa | Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation, Montana

Custer's Last Stand
Paxson, Edgar Samuel | Paint...
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19.69 | 1899 | H: 70.5 in, width: 106 in, Frame height: 98 x 73.75 in, Frame width: 132.75 x 108.75 in, frame depth: 2 in | Custer's Last Stand | Museum purchase | Paxson researched the Battle of the Little Bighorn and spent several years completing the painting. He then circulated it as a traveling exhibition. As part of the explanatory material on the painting, he prepared an outline key which identified the major figures (see diagram at right). | LRC: copyright by/E.S. Paxson Butte/M./99 [verso, LL:] E.S. Paxson/Butte Mont. U.S.A./copyright applied for - | Source: Paxson Heirs | Magazine: Western Art & Architecture: From Cowboy to Contemporary; Perspective: Edgar S. Paxson: Painter, myth maker aspired to historical accuracy, Charles Finn, Winter/Spring 2008, page 72-73 | 19.69.JPG | 19.69.web.jpg | 19.69.jpg | 19.69.jpg | 19.69.jpg | 19.69.jpg | Group | Figure | Indian | military | Animal | Painting | oil on canvas | Paxson, Edgar Samuel

NA.202.39
Northern Plains | Crow | dre...
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NA.202.39 | ca. 1885 | L: 21.75 in, width: 13.75 in | Irving H. "Larry" Larom Collection | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Child's -- Blue wool tradecloth with red cloth neck yoke and band, red band at bottom of sleeves with strip of tan cloth. 3/4 of bodice (front and back) covered with imitation elk teeth. Sleeves completely covered with teeth. Rawhide ties at neck. | NA.202.39.JPG | NA.202.39.jpg | dress | wool | imitation | teeth | muslin | elk | rawhide | Northern Plains | Crow

Indian Warrior
Proctor, Alexander Phimister...
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4.08.2 | 1896-1899 | width: 30.5 in, depth: 10.5 in, H: 38.625 in, L: 37.1875 in, Diameter: .25 in, L: 3.625 in, L: 1.1875 in, L: 17.75 in | Indian Warrior | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | Proctor portrayed his subject in a heroic pose, mounted on horseback as military leaders have traditionally been depicted. To research Indian subjects the artist traveled to the Blackfeet reservation in Montana. Although Weasel Head, a Blackfeet, served as the final model for this figure, the sculpture is not a specific portrait. Proctor created an idealized image of the Indian as a proud and noble warrior. | left top back of base: APHIMISTER PROCTOR/ 1898/ GOLD MEDAL/ PARIS EXPOSITION/ 1900 [right top of base:] COPY RT 1899 [lower right edge of base:] GORHAM Co. FOUNDERS/ (box)/ QRM [left rear of base:] PALLO | The spear on the sculpture is a reproduction .Weiss notified the BBHC by a letter dated June 15, 2005 that he sold the bronze to Mr. & Mrs. Phimister P. Church. | l.18.94.2.jpg | 4.08.2.jpg | horse | Indian | Sculpture | bronze | Alexander Phimister Proctor (1860 - 1950) Indian Warrior modeled 1898, copyright 1899, cast initially 1900-1902; bronze, cast by Gorham Co. Founders Loan from A. Phimister Proctor Museum, L.258.2005.1 Proctor portrayed his subject in a heroic pose, mounted on horseback as military leaders have traditionally been depicted. To research Indian subjects the artist traveled to the Blackfeet reservation in Montana. Although Weasel Head, a Blackfeet, served as the final model for this figure, the sculpture is not a specific portrait. Proctor created an idealized image of the Indian as a proud and noble warrior. | Alexander Phimister Proctor portrayed his subject in a heroic pose, mounted on horseback, as military leaders have traditionally been depicted. The artist traveled to the Blackfeet reservation in Montana to research his subjects, and although an Indian named Weasel Head served as the model for this figure, the sculpture is not intended as a specific portrait. Proctor created an idealized image of the American Indian as a proud and noble warrior, blending European artistic traditions with a wholly American subject. | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

NA.203.347
Fort Belknap Indian Reservat...
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NA.203.347 | 1890 | L: 29 in, width: 17 in, H: 16 in | Chandler-Pohrt Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Pohrt | Dress and Adornment - Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Object: War bonnet - golden eagle feathers alternatingly dyed red in groups of four, trimmed with orange and yellow down feathers and horsehair, wrapped in red wool cloth and leather thongs; one feather dyed orange. Felt crown trimmed with weasel skins on each side wrapped with red wool cloth and red and pink down feathers at the ends. Beaded brow band, tipi design in blue and mustard on white ground. | na.203.347v1.jpg | na.203.347v2.jpg | NA.203.347.JPG | tipi | War bonnet | wool | Red | pink | orange | yellow | horsehair | skins | golden | weasel | felt | eagle | feathers | down | Beads | Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, MT | Gros Ventre