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Catalog Number 1980.082.020
Object Name Painting
Collection OHS Purchase
Year Range from 1930
Year Range to 1940
Tribe Arapaho
Artist Sweezy, Carl (Arapaho)
Description Tempera (or watercolor?) painting by Carl Sweezy "A War. dancer." Depicts an Arapaho War Dancer, dressed with a broadcloth trailer attached to a bustle worn on his lower back. Two arms bustles adorn each arm. Wears a skull cap of dark blue color with a roach worn over that on his head with 1 single eagle feather worn in the roach. The man holds a fan in his right hand and moccasins typical of Arapaho design.
Dimensions H-13.625 W-7.5 inches
Material Watercolor/tempera/Paper/Wood
Provenance Carl Sweezy (1881-1953) (Arapaho) was born on the Cheyenne Arapaho Reservation in Indian Territory. He attended the Chilocco Indian Agricultural School and became interested in art when a teacher gave him a box of watercolors as a gift when he was 14. Sweezy worked with anthropologist James Mooney as an illustrator. He was a tribal policeman and professional baseball player as well as a self-taught artist. His works were very detailed and primarily depicted traditional cultural ceremonies and battles.
People Sweezy, Carl
Search Terms war dancer,
eagle feather,
Title "A War Dancer."
Category Historical Art