BBCOW receives $20,000 to support historic Plains Indian art

Starting in 1886, Paul Dyck and his father were avid collectors of beautiful objects created by many of the Plains Indians. Paul went on to expand on his father's collection and ended up with 2,000 objects, including items that tell the history of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce; great Lakota leaders Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse; the last recognized chief of the Crow nation, Plenty Coups; Mountain Chief, leader of the Blackfeet; and historic explorers, Lewis and Clark. This collection has been on display at the Buffalo Bill Center of the west and is called the Paul Dyck Plains Indian Buffalo Culture Collection. Today, the BBCOW was awarded $20,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to publish a catalogue based on this collection. The full-color catalogue, titled *Legacies: Indian Art from the Paul Dyck Collection, *will feature 150 object images interwoven with essays. “[This] creates an opportunity for us to share the works in this collection through the writing of two notable scholars: Curator Emerita Emma Hansen, and artist and Plains Indian Museum Advisor Arthur Amiotte,” said Rebecca West, Curator of Plains Indian Cultures at the Center of the West. Future plans include developing a traveling exhibition of objects from the collection. West continues, “This collection is known for its strong pre-reservation and early reservation content, and the catalogue is a continuation of our efforts to highlight the cultural significance of these masterworks in American Indian art.” Photo courtesy of Buffalo Bill Center of the West. #reboot #news