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1960's Painting of a Native Woman

This is a photograph of a painting whose origin the owner does not know anything about, but would like to. It is believed to be painted on batik and date from the 1960's.

The figure in the upper left appears to be a thunderbird design. Although these highly geometric wings are typical of Southwestern Indian designs, Kate points out that today they are seen in any tribe in which beadworking is common. The symbol in the upper right is a broken arrow, which was a common intertribal symbol for peace. The curiously faceless lady has braided hair and the consensus among our volunteers is that her clothing resembles old-fashioned Indian dresses of Oklahoma (particularly the sleeves.)

If anyone has more information about this artwork, please contact us to let us know. Thank you!

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