row of figures on horses in purple--five figures hold red and white umbrellas; green grass in foreground with elements of yellow; mottled yellow-orange sky

%C2%A9 Fritz Scholder

Indians with Umbrellas, 1970-1971

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As a Native person brought up in non-Native circumstances, Fritz Scholder was well positioned to challenge stereotypical depictions of Native Americans by Euro-American culture. Scholder’s work reflects his own conflicted emotions regarding his Native heritage by contesting romanticized notions of “Indianism” in both the Native and non-Native communities. Here, the tight row of Native American men on horseback suggests a military encounter straight out of a cowboy Western movie. But they’ve left behind the predictable eagle staffs and warbonnets and instead carry umbrellas, mimicking the parasol etiquette of the European elite around 1900.

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Title
Indians with Umbrellas
Artist Life
American (Luiseño), 1937 - 2005
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Artist
Accession Number
2014.149.52.1
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row of figures on horses in purple--five figures hold red and white umbrellas; green grass in foreground with elements of yellow; mottled yellow-orange sky

© Fritz Scholder

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