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Browse: Native American Artists

Thomas Gilcrease sought to tell the story of America through art, with an emphasis on Native American cultures and the history of the West. The museum founder’s fundamental interest in Native cultures was due in part to his own Creek Indian ancestry. Evidence of his interest is dramatically illustrated by the vast amount of Native art and artifacts he gathered. Collectors of Native American art objects often place a premium on them in accordance with their relative age. Gilcrease knew the value of that practice, yet he also knew the importance of collecting contemporary Native art. He was patron to a number of Native American artists of his time and purchased over 500 paintings by 20th-century Native artists. As a result, the museum not only tells the story of Native Americans through exhibition of objects thousands of years old, but also through modern paintings and sculptures.

Image Title Creator Culture Accession # Materials/Techniques
Collision of Heavenly Structures Norman Akers, 1958 - (Artist) Native American; Osage, Pawnee 0127.2486 oil on canvas
Pueblo Green Corn Dance Fred Kabotie Native American; Hopi 01.1962 oil on canvas
Buffalo at Sunset John Nieto Native American; Mescalero Apache 14.940 screenprint on paper
War Record White Swan Native American; Crow 0226.589 watercolor, ink, and graphite on muslin
The Sign in the Fall Stephen Mopope Native American; Kiowa 0227.334 tempera on paper
Deer Woodrow Wilson Crumbo Native American; Creek, Potawatomi 02.1703 gouache on paper
Creek Chiefs Acee Blue Eagle Native American; Creek, Pawnee 02.469 tempera on paper
Chief and Friends Monroe Tsatoke Native American; Kiowa 0227.511 tempera on paper
Peyote Religious Ceremony Woodrow Wilson Crumbo Native American; Creek, Potawatomi 0227.577 tempera on paper
Sneaking Out Allan C. Houser Native American; Chiricahua Apache 0227.597 tempera on paper
Preparation for the Ribbon Dance Solomon McCombs Native American; Muscogee (Creek) 0227.1674 casein on paper
Creek Indian Ceremonial Dance Solomon McCombs Native American; Creek 0227.1716 gouache on paper
Medicine Woman Ruthe Blalock Jones Native American; Delaware, Shawnee, Peoria 02.1942 gouache on poster board
Forest Scene Pop Chalee Native American; Taos Pueblo 02.527 tempera on paper
Chief Little Raven on His War Pony Carl Sweezy Native American; Arapaho 0227.288 watercolor
Corn Dance Tonita Peña Native American; San Ildefonso 0236.540 tempera on paper
Woman in Window T. C. Cannon Native American; Caddo, Kiowa 14.878 woodblock print on paper
For John Ridge Kay WalkingStick; , David Echols Native American; Cherokee 01.2528 acrylic, ink, and saponifed wax on canvas
International Peace Effort Willard Stone; , Willard Stone Native American; Cherokee 1127.55 cherry wood
Gathering Corn Norma Howard Native American; Choctaw 0227.1949 tempera on paper