Native culture is an integral part of the American West today.
|Bama, James 21|
|oil on panel 10|
|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|