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Vantage Point -- Kay WalkingStick, Chief Joseph series (1974-77)

Kay WalkingStick's (Cherokee) landmark "Chief Joseph" series is an elegy for the Nez Perce chief and his followers, who resisted forced removal from their homeland to a distant reservation. WalkingStick?incised archetypal arc forms into?thickly applied surfaces of acrylic paint and wax, revealing the color-stained canvases below in a kind of ritual act of mourning for the loss of home, land, and lives. 27 of the 36 panels in the series?are in the museum's permanent collection. ? WalkingStick's work has been featured in "Vantage Point: The Contemporary Native Art Collection," through August 7, 2011, at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
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