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Buffalo Dance / Jimalee Chitwood Burton

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Title(s): 
Buffalo Dance
Creator(s): 
Jimalee Chitwood Burton (Artist)
Culture: 
Native American; Cherokee
Materials/Techniques: 
Oil on Masonite
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Credit Line: 
Donated by Jimalee Burton in memory of her husband, Dan Burton
Accession No: 
01.2210
Previous Number(s): 
0100.2210; 33145
Department: 
Signed by hand in paint, "JIMALEE BURTON HO-CHE-NEE" in lower right on recto; Signed by hand in paint, "[beginning of text painted over]MALEE BURTON [portion of text painted over]-CHE-NEE" in lower right on recto; Signed by hand in green pen, “Ho-chee-nee Jimalee Burton” on attached piece of paper in top center on verso; Inscribed in type, “White Buffalo Dance In this painting with the buffalo mask, we can visualize the hunters as they pantomime the spearing of the sacred white buffalo hide. Around the fire they dance, chanting and praying for success in the hunt. The great herds of buffalo that roamed the western prairie were intrinsic parts of Indian life. The buffalo was their food, their clothing, and their homes. The most important date of the year was the hunt. Conservation was practiced for the protection of the herds. When the white man slaughtered the buffalo, they caused the deaths of many Indians, for without food the Indians were easy prey to the white man’s guns. Many tribes perished completely. The survivors were forced into submission.” on attached piece of paper in upper left on verso; Inscribed in type, “(#22) Buffalo Dance [portion of text cut off]inting with buffalo mask, we can [portion of text cut off] the hunters as they pantomine the spearin [sic] [portion of text cut off]acred white buffalo hide. Around the fire [portion of text cut off]nce, chanting and praying for success in [portion of text cut off]t. [portion of text cut off]eat herds of buffalo that roamed the western [portion of text cut off]e were intrinsically a part of Indian life. [portion of text cut off]uffalo was their food, their clothing, their [portion of text cut off]s. The most important date of the year was [portion of text cut off]hunt. Conservation was practiced for the [portion of text cut off]tection of the herds. When President Jackson ordered the buffalo destroyed, he ordered the death of many Indians. Without food they were an easy prey to white men’s guns or complete submission. Many tribes perished completely.” on attached piece of paper in top center on verso; Inscribed in type, “JIMALEE BURTON 6415 Midnight Pass Sarasota, Florida” on sticker on attached piece of paper in top center on verso; Inscribed in type, “JIMALEE BURTON 6415 Midnight Pass Sarasota, Florida” on upside down and sideways sticker in lower right on verso; Possibly stenciled, "[manufacturers mark with registered trademark symbol]" in bottom center on verso; Possibly stenciled, “MA[portion of text cut off] TEMP[end of text cut off]” in lower right on verso.
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