standing Native American man wearing feather headdress, blue robe and tan leggings with green, pink and blue designs

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Sioux Warrior Chief, 20th century

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Oscar Howe is among the finest and best-known contemporary Lakota artists and is specifically noted for his ability to incorporate Lakota symbolism in his work. Most of his paintings are of brightly colored warriors, horses, and hunters that depict traditional scenes in a modern form of painting. In Lakota culture, one way for a man to gain honor was through warfare. In this painting, the common form of weaponry, the bow and arrow, are being held by the warrior. The extravagant eagle-feather war bonnet seen here was worn by proven warriors during ceremonial events. Single eagle-feathers worn in the hair also symbolize achievements during battle.

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Title
Sioux Warrior Chief
Artist Life
(Yanktonai Lakȟóta), 1915 - 1983
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2002.198
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standing Native American man wearing feather headdress, blue robe and tan leggings with green, pink and blue designs

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