Over the course of his career, artist Paul Dyck (1917-2006)
assembled more than 2,000 nineteenth-century artworks created by
the buffalo-hunting peoples of the Great Plains. Only with its
acquisition by the Plains Indian Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center
of the West has this legendary collection become available to the
general public. Plains Indian Buffalo Cultures allows readers, for
the first time, to experience the artistry and diversity of the
Paul Dyck Collection - and the cultures it represents. Richly
illustrated with more than 160 color photographs and historical
images, this book showcases a wide array of masterworks created by
members of the Crow, Pawnee, Lakota, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Shoshone,
Hidatsa, Mandan, Arikara, Dakota, Kiowa, Comanche, Blackfoot, Otoe,
Nez Perce, and other Native groups. Author Emma I. Hansen provides
an overview of Dyck's collection, analyzing its representations of
Native life and heritage alongside the artist-collector's desire to
assemble the finest examples of nineteenth-century Plains Indian
arts available to him. His collection invites discussion of Great
Plains warrior traditions, women's artistry, symbols of leadership,
and ceremonial arts and their enduring cultural importance for
Native communities. A foreword by Arthur Amiotte provides further
context regarding the collection's inception and its significance
for present-day Native scholars. From hide clothing, bear claw
necklaces, and shields to buffalo robes, tipis, and decorative
equipment made for prized horses, the artworks in the Paul Dyck
Collection provide a firsthand glimpse into the traditions,
adaptations, and innovations of Great Plains Indian cultures.
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