Search for the Native American Purebloods

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Over several decades, renowned Oklahoma artist Charles Banks Wilson sought out "purebloods" (that is, Indians of a single tribal heritage) of each of Oklahoma's tribes to create a gallery of American Indian portraits. Search for the Native American Purebloods captures the state's visual heritage in a series of seventy-seven remarkable pencil drawings, each accompanied by a narrative describing Wilson's visits with the subject. The first edition, Search for the Purebloods, served as a catalogue for an exhibition ...
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Overview


Over several decades, renowned Oklahoma artist Charles Banks Wilson sought out "purebloods" (that is, Indians of a single tribal heritage) of each of Oklahoma's tribes to create a gallery of American Indian portraits. Search for the Native American Purebloods captures the state's visual heritage in a series of seventy-seven remarkable pencil drawings, each accompanied by a narrative describing Wilson's visits with the subject. The first edition, Search for the Purebloods, served as a catalogue for an exhibition of the artist's work at the United States Capitol. This third edition contains thirteen additional drawings and an afterword by Wilson.

Out of print since 2005, the book is once again available with the generous assistance of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma.

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"Wilson's perceptive sense of subject and sympathetic aesthetic rendering infuse into the 'tired composite of sags and wrinkles' of each pureblood countenance features which in a mystic way communicate uniqueness of ethnicity, the pain of inter-cultural conflict and strife, and the quiet determination to sustain 'the old way' in a fast-changing world."—Peter Early, Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806132853
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Herman J. Viola is Director of Quincentenary Programs in the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

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