Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'Gifts of the Spirit: Works by Nineteenth-Century & Contemporary Native American Artists'; Peabody Essex Museum; November 14, 1996 through May 18, 1997.
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Object description

  • Linda Haukaas (Sicangu Lakota Oyate, birth 1957)
  • Women's Dance at Okreek, 1995
  • Colored pencil, ink and graphite on paper
  • South Dakota, United States
  • H: 21 in, W: 26 7/8 in
  • Gift from James and Margie Krebs Collection of Native American Art, 2001
  • E301838
  • Artist is one of few females working in this style and medium
  • Okreek is on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, where Haukaas has family ties

In the mid to late 19th century, as buffalo were becoming nearly extinct, Plains artists adopted Euroamerican media such as accounting ledger books and colored pencils to express pictorial histories. In her work, Linda Haukaas, recalls the Plains semi-abstract style as seen in late 19th century ledger drawings and historical painted buffalo robes and tipi liners. Haukaas' dancers and drummer are in profile, gathered around the center drum, wearing their finest beaded dresses and hair ornaments for the occasion.