Oscar Howe

Oscar Howe

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Oscar Howe

Yanktonai Indian artist Oscar Howe (1915-1983) depicted Native American traditions through a modernist aesthetic painting style. He used his Dakota heritage to provide subject matter for his works. Known to his people as Mazuha Hokshina, or Trader Boy, Howe, elevated himself from illness, poverty and prejudice, to a position of international admiration and respect as an artist and teacher. Born at Joe Creek on the Crow Creek Reservation of South Dakota. In 1922 at age seven, he was sent to Pierre Indian Boarding School, administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In 1938, he graduated from Santa Fe Indian School where he was taught by Dorothy Dunn, who encouraged her students to use their Indian culture to inspire their artwork.

Artwork by Oscar Howe

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