The Last Pureblood Oklahoma Seneca / Charles Banks Wilson

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Title(s): 
The Last Pureblood Oklahoma Seneca
Creator(s): 
Charles Banks Wilson
Culture: 
American
Date: 
1981
Materials/Techniques: 
graphite on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 3/4 x 9 7/8 in. (32.4 x 25.1 cm)
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
13.2098
Department: 
Signed in pencil, "CBW-81" in lower center on recto; Inscribed, "the last pureblood" and "Oklahoma Seneca - age 79" in lower right on recto; Inscribed, "Seneca. Considered by tribal officials as their last pureblood. Drawing made in a boardinghouse. This turtle shell, and others like it, is used as a rattle in sacred tribal dances. This one was brought by the original Seneca into Indian Territory in 1830. Never photographed as a camera might capture its soul, I was allowed to draw it because no such superstitions involved my pencil" on mat.
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